January to blame for rising crime in Nairobi, says Koome

Nairobi Police boss Japheth Koome addressing the media in Nairobi. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Nairobi, KENYA: Nairobi police county commander Japheth Koome has said that the upsurge in crime in Nairobi is a normal crime trend that always happens in the month of January.

In a media briefing in Nairobi on Monday, Koome warned people who are perpetrating crime against city residents to stop, this is after the public complained of being roobed off valuables in the city, a trend which has adversely increased in the month of January.

“What we get from social media and complains from Mwananchi, there is upsurge of crime within the central business district, we are not denying that facts, I would like to state that this is usually the crime trend .” Koome said.

“Every January every year we have a challenge because you realize that you just come from December, where people over indulged, especially the youth, so the month of January they tend to be engaged in criminal activities .”He added.

Koome warned the perpetrators and those who are masterminding these crimes that they will face the full force of the law.

He pointed that security agencies will be working with the county government and National Environmental Management Authority in identifying joints where the criminal elements orchestrate their criminal activities

He said that towards the end of December 2017, 30 criminals were gunned down due to engagement in criminal activities in the city, while the police service lost two police officers.

On the other hand, Koome said that no arrests have been made in relation to the Kenyatta National Hospital rape saga, indicating that security agencies are conducting investigations to ascertain the basis of those allegations.

He said that police service has enhanced patrols in the area to combat any form of crime.