At least 76 youths who were members of criminal gangs in Likoni Sub County, Mombasa have surrendered to authorities.
Muslims for Human Rights- MUHURI, Licodep, Kenya Red Cross Society, Peace Net and Likoni Peace Committee spearheaded the process that saw the youth thwarts crime and surrender all their ‘tools of trade’ on Wednesday.
Speaking at Likoni ACK guest house during the exercise, Likoni Deputy County Commissioner Erick Wamulevu said Likoni security department has for the last two years received over 250 youth who were once in criminal gangs.
Mr. Wamulevu said youths should be nurtured to the right path away from evils in the society.
“Our efforts have yielded fruits, many youths are now deterring from criminal activities,” he added.
He said the process will be enhanced so that more youths recruited in criminal gangs can walk out and change for good.
On his part, MUHURI Rapid response Officer Francis Auma said the human rights lobby was tirelessly working towards disengaging youths within Mombasa from criminal activities.
He said the young generation was being exterminated by security agents for indulging in crime.
Mr. Auma said MUHURI is working with local community leaders in Mombasa to encourage youths to embrace education and other issues revolving around self reliance and dissuade from crime.
“We must discourage the young generation from crime, drugs and other evils in the society, our future generation is in peril,” noted Mr. Auma.
Meanwhile Mombasa County government Gender department will engage the reformed youths in various programs and projects to ensure they do to relapse into crime.
[Likoni Deputy CC Eric Wamulevu Joins MUHURI Rapid response Officer Francis Auma and Gender Officer Topista Juma in appreciating the reformed youths. Photo/ Ahmed Omar].
Mombasa County Gender director Esther Ingolo said most youths are indulging in crime and drug use because they lack any source of income.
She said the county has ventured into ensuring youths in Mombasa are trained on various technical programs so that they employ themselves.
She further noted that the county through Youth fund and other revolving funds will be used to create sources of livelihood for the youths.
“If we secure the youthful generation we are securing the county’s economy, let’s work together in creating a strong economic base through these reformed youths,” noted Ms Ingolo.
Among the criminal gangs who were profiled, reformed and reintegrated back to the community after being empowered socio-economically were Military, Hot base, Getto family and Young thugs.
The reformed youths have however appealed to the police to deter from using excessive force while conducting their security operations.