Youth in Mombasa County have been cautioned against joining criminal gangs.
The youth have been further asked to focus more on education and self reliance.
County Officer in charge of preventing extremism and radicalization among the youth Ms Munira Khamis said that youth were lured into illegal outfits only to be killed by security agents living their parents in pain and psychological suffering.
Ms Munira said that youth were the economic base of the county and if their lives are terminated at a very tender age then the economic gap will be severe.
She said that the current situation witnessed at Kisauni and Likoni is very worrying and she appealed to the youth to desist from criminal activities.
“You are the backbone of our County, why lose focus and join illegal gangs.” posed a pained Munira.
She said that the county government spearheaded by Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho is currently engaging youth in all six Sub counties of Kisauni, Nyali, Likoni, Mvita, Changamwe and Jomvu in awareness forums on the negative impact of insecurity in the county.
She noted that the forums are mainly to enable youth raise their voices and proposals so that they can be forwarded to the relevant departments for implementation.
“The crime wave witnessed in Mombasa will only be quelled through dialogue and engaging the youth, and the county government is already on course,” she revealed.
Munira appealed to parents to take their responsibilities seriously and closely monitor their children as well as guiding them to the right path.
She scoffed at parents for failing to guide their children, noting that that most of the challenges facing youth in Mombasa were ascribed to ‘busy’ careless parents.
During Jamhuri Day celebrations at Tononoka ground in Mombasa, Mombasa governor Ali Hassan Joho asked locals to reveal criminals who have caused them sleepless nights so that they can be netted.
Meanwhile Coast regional coordinator Bernard Leparmarai has vowed to pursue and distabilize all criminal gangs in the county.