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Nyumba Kumi will eradicate terrorism, say Eastleigh residents

After a string of terror attacks in the past two weeks, Eastleigh has started  implementing the Nyumba Kumi initiative to curb the runaway security.

Led by local leaders, the tenants screening programme started on Wednesday at St Theresa on Juja Road, and will be implemented all the way to General Waruinge Road in the next few weeks.

Profile tenants

“We are now trying to establish structures that will enable us profile tenants in all residential blocks in Eastleigh. At the centre of the exercise are landlords and caretakers, who are our main link to the tenants,” said the Eastleigh Residents Association Chairman, Hussein Roba.

In spite of the claim, some residents in the area are not privy to the initiative. On Wednesday, bomb experts detonated an improvised explosive device  which had been left by a roadside .

“I have not seen anything so far, may be it started in another location and is yet to reach us, I hope it is not a public relations exercise but something that would actually help improve the situation,” said Augustine Mwangi, a resident.

The police swoop in the area has so far seen hundreds of suspects arrested and two hand grenades recovered from one of the apartments.

Roba, however, said he has received complaints from some residents accusing the police of harassment and disappearance of jewellery during the night inspections which started after Monday’s triple explosions.

The explosions which left six people dead, happened barely 200 metres from the Eastleigh Airbase perimeter wall.