By; Mgandi Ngala
Police at the Coast have been challenged to embrace people friendly measures to contain insecurity in the region.
Haki Africa, A human rights lobby in the country said that it is through such social security measures that will bridge the gap between communities and security agents in the region.
Haki Africa’s Executive Director Hussein Khalid appealed to top security officials in the region and especially in Mombasa to engage religious leaders during the holy month of Ramadan so that Muslims feel secured while observing late night prayers.
He urged police to ensure that all the places of worships are safe as well as residential areas.
“I can clearly recall what transpired during last year’s Holy month of Ramadan where many innocent youths were arrested in unclear circumstances in the name of fighting insecurity, that should not happen again,” Added the Human rights defender.
Khalid appealed to the security agents to enhance security patrols but avoid harassing Muslim faithful heading to mosques during their night ‘Taraweh’ prayers.
However, on his part, Mombasa County Police Commandant Johnstone Ipara said that police are closely working with Muslim clerics, faithful and locals in the County so as to ensure security for all.
He said that since the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan 4 days ago, no any major insecurity incident has been reported.
Ipara assured Muslim faithful and Mombasa residents that police were conducting 24 hour security patrols and appealed for cooperation between locals and Police officers.