Residents of Athi River in Machakos have lauded the County government’s street lighting program which they say has enhanced security and boosted trade in the area.
Speaking on Saturday night after governor Alfred Mutua toured the urban center on an inspection tour of the program, the residents also welcomed the installation of high mast security lighting saying it had transformed lives.
Governor Alfred Mutua who interacted with the residents reaffirmed his government’s commitment to ensure security is enhanced to facilitate a 24-hour economy.
“My desire is for the people of Machakos to operate a 24-hour economy. For factories to expand and people to get jobs, we cannot rely on day economy alone,” he said.
Mutua said a total of 787 high mast security lights had been installed alongside 752 street lights across the county. He said the CCTV cameras security system component will ensure a smooth-running business environment for Machakos residents.
The governor said the integrated security systems had reduced crime rate, particularly sexual offenses. “I was touched by stories by the residents who said women used to be raped along the streets but after the lights were erected, the assaults stopped,” he said.
To end sexual violence against women and children, the governor proposed life imprisonment for serial rapists. ” I propose that serial rapists be jailed for life without parole. If one is convicted of three acts of rape or raping three different people, then the conviction should be life in jail. My angry side would have preferred castration but life in jail can also work,” he said.