The government has issued a stern warning to criminal gangs that have been terrorizing locals in Nyali sub-county, Mombasa County.
Nyali sub-county assistant commissioner Henry Rono revealed that no hardcore criminal will be spared during the security operation.
He says the government will not tolerate any form of criminal related incidence in the area.
He was addressing a security stakeholder’s forum at Bombolulu in Mombasa, a forum that brought together area community policing officials, village elders and local administrators.
“We shall not put up with any form of unbecoming behaviour. All hardcore criminals will be brought to book.
Maweni Location Chief Benard Omolo urged locals to report any incidences of crime to the relevant authorities.
He cites local brew such as Chang’aa as one of the teething problems in the area.
“There are local alcohol and Chang’aa dens in some parts of Nyali sub-county. Recently we undertook a raid and spilt over 200 litres of alcohol,” said Omolo
He, however, reiterated the government commitment in ensuring that the area remains safe and secure.
A village elder hailing from one of the villages in Nyali Sub-County said there has been a series of crimes in the area in the recent past.
He cites burglary as the most rampant vice in the area.
“Crime is real in this area. Some of those criminals break into houses and steal,” said the elder.
A youth who spoke on condition of anonymity said there has been an upsurge of crime in the area in the recent past.
The youth also lashed out at some of the village elders accusing them of laxity.
“Some of you are very reluctant. Some of you have failed,” said the youth.
Kenya Community Support Centre senior programs coordinator Mwalimu Rama urged locals to report any criminal related activities to the authorities.
He, however, says most locals in the area fail to report a move he says waters down efforts to fight crime.
“Most people are afraid to give out information to the authorities. This further complicates our efforts,” said the programs officer.
The authorities received from the locals, names of hardcore criminals who have been terrorizing locals in the area.