Mombasa police commander has told residents to brace themselves for a major security operation to flush out drug barons and criminal gangs.
Jonstone Ipara said with the opening of Mwatamba police at Kadzandani in Nyali, Junda and Conrcodia police posts in Kisauni, police officers were ready to conduct a crackdown never witnessed in the Coastal city.
“We have launched security operation that is different from the ones that residents have witnessed in the past. Many will not like this operation but we have to flush out criminals including drug dealers,” Ipara said, adding that security must be restored and Mombasa made a destination of choice for visitors.
He was speaking when he received the Mbaraki police post on Mombasa Island after it was refurbished by the Dawood Bohra community.
Police, community cooperation
Ipara commended the Bohra community and urged others to support the security agencies to enable them to promptly respond to crime and beef up security in the county.
“We are today celebrating the fruit of cooperation between the police and community and it affirms the existing trust in the security agencies,” Ipara said.
A representative of the Bohra community Mr Hamza Tahir said they rehabilitated the police post as part of their contribution towards supporting police efforts to maintain security in the Coastal city.
“Members of the Bohra community under the guidance of our spiritual leader his holiness Dr Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin helped in rebuilding the police post. We commend police efforts in maintaining peace in the county,” Mr Tahir said.
Mr. Ipara said the Mbaraki police post will be used to beef up security in Ganjoni/Shimanzi ward and adjacent areas of the Island upto Likoni ferry.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i opened the Mwatamba police station and ordered for the crackdown on criminal gangs and drug lords following last week’s machete attacks on Bamburi residents.
Dr Matiang’i said proceeds from the sale of illegal drugs are being used to finance gangs in Mombasa and warned the criminals appeared to be exploiting weaknesses in the security agencies and hinted at reshuffle.
“There is a clear nexus between the illicit drugs trade and peddling with certain political activities by people highly placed in this society,” Matiang’i had noted.