Human rights organisation Haki Africa has appealed to youth within Mombasa to surrender all weapons they possess to relevant security department.
The organisation says if the weapons are surrendered to the right authorities, insecurity incidents will reduce.
Speaking during commemoration of the ‘World Social Justice Day’ at Mwandoni in Kisauni, Mombasa County on Thursday, Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta said youth who own dangerous weapons among them pangas, machetes, pistols among other weapons have posed major risk to the communities in the county.
He urged the youth to willingly work with the human rights lobby to make the initiative a success.
“This initiative will enable the police to fully take responsibility of ensuring security for all and as well avoiding the recent reckless killing of innocent locals especially in Kisauni,” he noted.
According to Shipetta, Kisauni and Likoni Sub-counties have witnessed series of insecurity incidences and extra-judicial killings adding that it all begins with surrendering of the weapons to police before closing the inequality gap in the community.
“Let’s close the gap between the community and the police so that we as well contribute to securing the environment we live in,” added Mr. Shipetta.
The initiative dubbed ‘surrender weapon box’ will see the human rights defenders visit the community at grassroots level to encourage them return any dangerous weapon they posses to the relevant authorities.
On his part, Pwani social justice network Chairperson Simon Kazungu called for collective responsibility in taming insecurity in the region and especially in Mombasa.
He said the recent security threats and resurfacing of criminal outfits have scared away investors.
“If we live in insecure environment, this simply translates to no investments which also culminate to no jobs for our youth,” reiterated Mr. Kazungu.
His sentiments were fully backed up by Sisters for Justice Executive Director Nailah Abdallah who appealed to Kisauni community to fully take charge of the security issue within their locality.
She said it is through the community’s efforts that the Sub-County will experience calmness, security, unity and peaceful coexistence.