Following increased crime rates in Mombasa, a human rights organisation has launched a campaign targeting the youth.
Haki Africa initiated the campaign aimed at making youth become peace ambassadors and preaching the same message to their peers and the community at large.
Speaking in Mombasa, Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said the initiative will unite the community, security agents and rights defenders in a bid to tackle various obstacles that have breached peace in the tourist destination.
According to Khalid, when youth, security agents, the administration and rights defenders unite, security issue will be addressed.
Peace, security forums
“The peace champions will be mandated to hold security and peace forums at grassroots level, this will enable them gather challenges the community face and deliberate on possible ways of tackling them,” he added.
Khalid said the move was reached following series of insecurity related incidents in the county.
He further urged residents to work closely with police so as to address security menace in the county.
“If the community unite and reveal to the police important security related information to the police, these criminals will be arrested,” he revealed.
The organisation has trained 36 peace champions who comprise of 12 Ward administrators, 12 Administration officers and 12 youth leaders to execute the mandate.
Khalid’s sentiment comes barely two days after police Spokesperson Charles Owino urged Mombasa residents to embrace community policing.
Owino wondered why Kisauni was always on the police radar whenever insecurity related incidents were reported.
He appealed for community policing to tame insecurity in Mombasa.