INSECURITY in Mombasa county will not be tolerated, newly appointed Mombasa county commissioner Nelson Marwa said yesterday. Marwa issued a stern warning to the criminal gangs and other outlawed groups in the region during the Madaraka day celebrations at Tononoka grounds. Marwa singled out Kisauni and Likoni as areas most infiltrated by the illegal gangs that he said terrorize the residents during odd hours. “We have a group calling itself ‘Baghdad brothers’ in Kisauni. They terrorize people living in areas of Bamburi, Utange, Shanzu and Mshomoroni through Links Road. “They then retreat to the sides of Mombasa beach hotel and back to Kaloleni. We are putting them on notice. They must quit or face full force of the law,” Marwa said.
He also cited another gang that operates at Timbwani in Likoni along shell beach and insisted that government was aware of their dealings. Marwa added that other illegal gangs from Kinango and Kaloleni were finding their way to the county through Bokole into Changamwe which falls under Mombasa County. This follows president Kibaki assurance two days ago that he will mercilessly deal with MRC that has been agitating for secession of the coastal region. In Kilifi, county commissioner Maalim Mohamed warned the community against supporting the outlawed Mombasa Republican Council and the al-Qaeda linked al-Shabaab.
He further warned the residents not to hide sympathizers of the groups. Instead, they shouldalert the government whenever they suspect any person linked to the groups. “Kenya is one country and should remain as one country. As a government we shall make sure that everyone is safe,” he said. In Kwale county, local leaders raised concern over the increased human-animal conflict. They threatened to kill the elephants if they are not controlled by the government.
They said the jumbos have raided their farms and destroyed their crops exacerbating food insecurity in the region. Ziwani councilor Salim Mwasaria said: “We are armed to deal with the animals since the government values wildlife more than human life.” Kwale DC Benjamin Njoroge said plans are underway to control the wildlife to ensure they do not interrupt normal human activities.