More police sent to tame coast gangs
SEE ALSO :Coast leaders push for ‘majimbo’“In one county, there are over 13,000 cases of early pregnancies. These girls get these pregnancies during these discos,” said Matiang'i after a regional security meeting in Mombasa. He said the Government and local political leaders have agreed to ban the discos which have also been linked to insecurity and crime. Matiang'i, who was accompanied by the Inspector General Joseph Boinet, also announced that an operation has been launched at Mombasa’s Kisauni area to eliminate knife wielding youth gangs. “At Kisauni we have mapped out crime prone areas and currently an operation is going on to flush out these criminal elements,” said Matiang'i. He also said that a special security team has been deployed in Kwale to combat a criminal group behind the rising cases of robbery of Mpesa shops.
SEE ALSO :Where gangs impose ‘curfew’The CS, who held a regional security meeting with County Police Commanders and County Commissioners from the six counties at the Coast, identified the killing of the elders, low school enrollment and disco matanga as the biggest security challenges at the Coast. “We have intensified efforts to stop the killing of elderly. Some of these killings are related to land disputes in families,” said Matiang'i. The CS also directed chiefs and assistant chiefs to start an operation to aid the Education ministry's efforts to enroll students in secondary schools. But the CS refused to comment on the search for Silvia Romano, the Italian aid worker who was kidnapped on November 20 last year claiming it was an ongoing operation. Police sources, however, told the standard that security personnel have scaled down the search because they believe that the Italian may have been taken across the border to Somalia.