Mombasa county Officer in charge of fighting extremism and radicalization among the youth has scoffed at parents for failing to perform their mandatory parenting roles.
Ms Munira Khamis, the Mombasa County deputy director Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) said that most challenges facing the youth are ascribed to poor parenting and lack of guidance to the youth.
She said despite the County’s efforts in taming the vice and creating awareness to the youth on the negative impact of engaging in extremism, illegal and criminal outfits, parents in the county have taken a back seat.
She said poor parenting has rendered the county youth unproductive and who have embraced unbecoming behaviors.
Munira who has spearheaded youth forums in all the six Mombasa Sub counties for the last one week creating awareness on the negative impact of violent extremism among youth reiterated that if only parents could take their responsibilities seriously, youth in the county would deter from engaging in illegal outfits.
“Despite having held our youth convention during International human rights day, the program will not be put to rest, we’ll struggle in meeting youth at grassroots level to dissuade them from engaging in violent extremism,” she added.
Munira lauded youth for being receptive to the awareness campaign exuding hopes that the program was slated for major positive impact in the society.
“We are on a long holiday and some parents don’t know the where about of their children, parents should not depict their children as burdens,” said an agitated Munira.
She cautioned parents and guardians against leaving their parental responsibilities to teachers but instead urged them to give their children much deserved attention.
She also appealed to religious leaders in the county to take lead role in ensuring youth don’t fall prey to criminal or terror networks.
Meanwhile she has appealed for support from nongovernmental organizations, human rights defenders, and other stakeholders to support the county’s efforts in fighting extremism and radicalization among the youth.