Technical University of Mombasa students on Wednesday took it to the streets decrying increased insecurity in Mombasa.
The students said Kisauni criminal gangs were targeting them in series of attacks, burglary, maiming and killings experienced in the Sub County.
Addressing journalists at Makupa police station where they sought audience with security officers at the station the students led by their President Dennis Okanga said they have been reporting their grievances to deaf ears.
Mr. Okanga revealed that students living in Bamburi, Mishomoroni, Mtopanga and Kiembeni feared for their lives as they have been attacked, injured and some killed with no immediate police response to tame the increasing security threats.
They demanded an increase in police surveillance especially in Kisauni where most students reside.
“We came to Mombasa to seek education and not injuries and death, let the police tame the insurgency of criminal gangs in the county,” demanded Mr. Okanga.
A Mass communication student and a representative of the School of humanities and social sciences at TUM main campus Derrick Ouko said the situation was very worrying especially for students who leave the institution after 7 pm.
“We want security agents to heed our cry and act, we are only safe while in the institution but live in fear outside, can police tame these gangs?” he added.
The cries come amid Tuesday evening attacks where two students were seriously injured and one is still nursing deep cut wounds at the Coast general referral hospital ICU.
The two were stubbed all over their bodies while heading to Mishomoroni from the Tudor based TUM main campus.
Mombasa County Police commandant Augustine Nthumbi said police received the complaints and have beefed up their patrols.
[Mombasa Police Commandant Augustine Nthumbi with Haki Africa Deputy Executive Director Salma Hemed (Right) and Sisters For Justice Director Naila Abdallah (Left) Photo/Ahmed Omar].
He said police have changed tactics in distabilising the gangs that have not only instilled fear into the students but also sent locals into sleepless nights.
“Police are pursuing the gang of 10 that attacked the two students on Tuesday, one of the gang members was killed on Wednesday morning at Shanzu area,” he said.
Police recovered three pangas and a machete during the dawn operation.
Human rights defenders led by Haki Africa Deputy Director Salma Hemed demanded an urgent move by the police to tame the killer gangs.