In a bid to tame the rising insecurity and emergence of juvenile gangs in Mombasa, the Kenya Red Cross Society has moved to tame the security and social problem in the county.
The humanitarian body says economically empowering the youth was the only sustainable way in the fight against insecurity in the county.
While launching livelihood project at Mtongwe in Likoni, Kenya Red Cross Society Secretary General Abbas Gullet said the humanitarian organisation conducted a survey within the county and reaffirmed that many youth were recruited into criminal gangs because they lacked any source of income.
He said that many unemployed youth in the county resorted into criminal activities which prompted the organisation to swing into action in containing the insecurity menace.
According to Gullet, the insecurity situation needed efforts from all stakeholders to tame it.
“We have come along way in containing insecurity in the county, we mapped out the most affected areas within the Island, the outcomes are now evident,” noted the renowned humanitarian icon.
He urged Mombasa county government and local political leaders to keep track of the projects and ensure they are properly manned.
“These projects have cost millions of shillings they should not be left dwindling, please monitor them,” noted Mr. Gullet
He acknowledged the efforts from the Kenya Red Cross Mombasa branch for ensuring Majengo and Old town youth who reformed turn out to be very useful productive youth in the community.
Gullet vowed to support all efforts geared towards uplifting the lives of locals and especially the youth.
He called on Mombasa county government, local political leaders and the community to work together with the organisation for community progress.
Likoni MP Mishi Mboko and her Mvita counterpart Abdulswamad Sharif Nassir were present during the handover of the fishing gears to Mtongwe youth groups.