Chiefs to reg­is­ter min­ers to pre­vent crimes in Rongo

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Nyanza -

All gold prospec­tors and min­ers in Rongo must reg­is­ter with their chiefs or as­sis­tant chiefs so se­cu­rity agents can pre­vent crime, sub­county com­mis­sioner Joseph Sa­tia has said.

No­madic prospec­tors who live tem­po­rar­ily in Rongo dur­ing a gold rush are sus­pected to con­trib­ute to the in­creas­ing rate of crime, he said on Sun­day.

“Once we have a data­base of min­ers in mines, we will be able to con­trol crim­i­nals and eas­ily trail them,” Sa­tia said.

The di­rec­tive fol­lows a se­ries of mur­ders, the lat­est be­ing last month when a gold miner fled after killing his col­league at a pub in Rongo town.

“The pub­lic ad­min­is­tra­tor’s records will be shared with po­lice of­fi­cers to help re­duce in­se­cu­rity and make prompt fol­low-ups,” Sa­tia said.

He said the same di­rec­tive has been given to boda boda op­er­a­tors. Their lead­ers in each boda boda stage have been asked to list their mem­bers to weed out crim­i­nals.

Sa­tia spoke at Kitweru Pri­mary School in Kanya­mamba sublo­ca­tion dur­ing a cer­e­mony to in­stal Charles Ayieko as Ka­m­agambo West chief.

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