COUNTY GOVERNMENT WARNS AGAINST VANDALISM OF STREET LIGHTS

COUNTY GOVERNMENT WARNS AGAINST VANDALISM OF STREET LIGHTS

March 4, 2024 (Public Communication and Media Relations)

The County has called upon residents of the area to take part in curbing the escalating incidences of vandalism targeting street lights, cautioning that stern action will be taken against perpetrators.

While stating to the media, CECM for Lands, Physical Planning and Urban Areas Management Peter Akono said that the surge in vandalism incidences was a cause of alarm to both the public and the County administration.

“The vandals deliberately target bulbs, cables, solar panels, and poles, leaving streets in darkness, especially at night,” CECM Akono said.

CECM Akono revealed that a multi-agency team comprising officers from Lodwar Municipality and County directorates of Energy, Lands, and Enforcement had already been constituted to guide response to the escalating threat.

“From our statistics, Lodwar Municipality was the worst hit. Cases have been reported from Napetet, Nawaitorong, Nakwamekwi, Ekalees area, and Kerio Junction. Other cases are from Kakuma and Lokichoggio,” CECM Akono explained.

It is feared that the vandalism has plunged most areas into darkness, hindering the growth of commerce and escalating insecurity.

CECM Akono warned that the County would take action to protect investments and installations aimed at bettering the lives of the residents.

A resident of Lodwar Municipality Ewoi Ekuwam expressed fears that criminal gangs would re-emerge in Lodwar thanks to the nighttime darkness occasioned by vandalized street lights. “I will be one of the happiest people if the County responds to this problem.” The resident said.

CECM advised the public to be vigilant on the vandalism challenge and, report cases either to the police or the County offices.

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