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Politicization of security to blame for surge in crime, lawyer Danstan Omari

  • Lawyer Danstan Omari claimed what many did not want to talk about was that the police were slow
  • Omari said police went to Kiambu Road, waiting for Kenyans to report their complaints before taking action.
  • He said the arrest of nine officers from the disbanded Special Services Unit was the trigger for the recent crime wave.

City Solicitor Danstan Omari blamed the political class for the rise in criminal activity in the capital Nairobi and across the country.

Lawyer Danstan Omari (right) during a past press briefing. Photo:
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Omari observed that the politicization of the security forces was to blame for the rise in crime, adding that the police were slow.

In an interview on NTV, the lawyer claimed Kenya Kwanza ordered the police off the streets and asked them to wait for Kenyans to report the crimes.

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“During the campaigns, there was a political target of the security forces, and upon coming to power, Kenya Kwanza gave very clear instructions. The police must return to Kiambu Road. What does this mean; the police shouldn’t be on the streets, they should wait for a complaint to be filed at Kiambu Road. In a short time, the SSU was disbanded,” Omari said.

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Omari pointed out that it was no coincidence that the increase in the crime rate dates back to the arrest of the Special Services Unit officers.

“After the special unit was disbanded. The trigger for the increase in crime in Nairobi was the 9 police officers. Now what we have and what not everyone agrees with, the police are slowing down,” he added.

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Officers arrested

The lawyer added that the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) had arrested officers for carrying out their duties.

Omari claimed that officers would soon be reluctant to use firearms for fear of being prosecuted by the supervisory authority.

“The question is, what triggered the police officers in this act. Police officers use a firearm. In the line of duty, they are expected to use a firearm. Nowadays, if an officer uses a firearm in the interest of the citizen, an entity called IPOA arrests them”, he posed.

Nairobians denounce rising crime

On Friday, November 11, residents of Nairobi County rioted over the crime rate that has surged in the city over the past few weeks.

But in a new twist of events, Nairobi Police Commander James Mugera refuted the reports.

Speaking to Citizen TV, Mugera on Thursday, November 10 further claimed that the reports were meant to tarnish the new administration of President William Ruto.

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