Community policing has been mentioned as one of the most effective ways of creating public awareness to enhance the fight against the spread of the coronavirus epidemic.
A chief in Kitui County has noted that ignorance among the people is hampering adherence to safety precautions.
The chief of Kauwi in Kitui West, Thomas Mutua, told Musyi FM that there was a need for the leaders to promote the community policing initiative, popularly known as Nyumba Kumi, to get the people at the grassroots to stay at home and enhance hygiene.
“Many of our people still don’t see the virus as a serious threat. They consider it as mere stories and want to go on with their normal lives, ignoring safety measures against the virus.”
Mutua urged the leaders to educate the people against the danger they face from social gatherings and markets.
“This virus is real. It might come to a point where all of us won’t be able to control its spread, and it will be too late.”
This follows public concern about 720 youths were found at a meeting in a hotel at Lukenya Machakos County.
The public tipped off the administration, concerned about the safety of the young people at the meeting.