ELKANA JACOB- THE STAR NEWSPAPER
MOMBASA will launch another fleet of county police cars, county secretary Khamis Mwaguya has said.Twelve were launched last year.Several cars, with modern communication gadgets and real time access to online camera feeds, have been spotted at different auto-garages in the county.The latest model will be fitted with 360 degree camera, able to zoom on targets up to 500m away.It is not yet clear how much the cars cost but Mombasa is set to put up 48 patrol vehicles in the county."Some will be placed at Mwakirunge, Miritini, Shikaadabu and other crime-prone area," Mwaguya said.
They will include double cabins and other new model cars.Locals have been complaining that officers in county police cars harass and extort money from businesspeople.Mombasa county commissioner Nelson Marwa was put on record in June 2014 saying that police park the cars in strategic areas on the roads to extort money from truck drivers ferrying charcoal.He said patrols should be coordinated by the OCS and OCPDs in all the regions in the county.A source within the county said Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho was pleased with the move of the Inspectorate Department to arrest several drug traffickers, including AP officers.
"The cars will be strictly run and monitored by the inspectorate department only," he said.The source added that the county is set to outdo the police in patrol and in gathering information."It's going to be an independent department, police will not be involved," he said.The ceremony will be attended by Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett and Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery.An office is being set where all communication, recordings and video linkage will be monitored."All plans are in place. In fact, we will be running 24 hours," Mwaguya said.