The government is working on a framework to put in place the Nyumba Kumi initiative across the country. Interior cabinet secretary Joseph Ole Lenku has therefore asked all county commissioners to embark on its implementation. Ole Lenku says this initiative will ensure security is enhanced in most parts of the county.
‘Nyumba kumi’ initiative is a community policing initiative adopted from Tanzania and it is aimed at ensuring that neighbours know each other, so as to boost security.
In The Nyumba kumi plan households will be grouped into a cluster of 10, out of which they choose a leader. Any visitor/stranger must be declared to this elder.
In Tanzania, a nationwide, grassroots at village level system known as ‘Nyumba Kumi’ ensures that police and immigration officers know precisely who is staying in which hotel, who is renting and living in which house, who owns which property, and who is moving in and out of villages. No aliens can rent a house in Tanzania, stay in a hotel or arrive at a village WITHOUT the immigration and police knowing about it in 24 hours. They even keep written records of such people.
The system works by appointing trusted and vetted people from the smallest village level, mostly elders and who are organised as councils with each council in charge of monitoring 10 houses each at a minimum thus the name Nyumba Kumi. Any time a stranger especially aliens arrive at a particular house, home, hotel or guest house, the local Nyumba Kumi council is instantly informed and the news passed on to immigration officers.