Rights defenders in Mombasa have been warned against defending criminals.
Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo said curtailing crime in Mombasa and especially in Kisauni Sub County has become a challenge since human rights defenders are always in the forefront defending criminals and blaming security agents.
Addressing locals at ‘Cobra’ grounds in Mshomoroni, Kisauni, Kitiyo said security details will never relent in distabilising all criminal gangs in the County.
He warned the rights activists against rewarding criminals after they allegedly reform.
The CC said such initiatives where rights groups and other civil societies have spent millions of money in the name of giving the ‘reformists’ livelihood cannot tame crime in the county.
“To those human rights defenders I am right here to give you a free piece of advice do not glorify crime by rewarding criminals, their prize is death,” he warned.
He warned such projects among them fishing boats, poultry farming, Bodaboda business handed over to purported reformed criminals yielded nothing but insurgency of more dangerous criminal groups.
“Young men have realised that a quick way of getting a Bodaboda from civil society organisation is to indulge in crime and later pretend that they have reformed, we will never condone such initiatives,” he said.
He warned the rights defenders that they will too be investigated and their role in the perennial insecurity problem in Kisauni unearthed.
Kitiyo further revealed the county security agents are on a serious plan to ensure all criminal activities in the county are fully pursued and neutralised.
“I want the youth to clearly know and understand that if they join criminal gangs we will exterminate them, no two way about it,” noted Mr. Kitiyo.
The County commissioner ignored various livelihood and recovery programs initiated by non-governmental organisations in Mombasa and that directly targets youth who reformed and disentangled themselves from crime.