Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo has revealed that they are pursuing over 130 ‘Wakali kwanza’ gang members who have been terrorizing locals within Kisauni Sub-county.
Addressing journalists at his Uhuru na Kazi offices in Mombasa on Friday, Kitiyo said security operations in Junda, Mishomoroni, Bamburi among other areas of the county has been enhanced.
He warned that police may be forced to use excessive force in taming the illegal outfits in the area.
“We are not sure if the 5 suspected gang members were in the police radar, however we will deal with them ruthlessly,” noted Mr. Kitiyo.
Police are following up on 130 suspected criminals within Kisauni Sub-county alone.
Five gang members who were on a revenge mission after their own was stoned to death by locals in Mishomoroni area were also killed by mob.
Three were killed by locals while 2 were executed by police.
“If you are a parent and you are encouraging your child to join criminal outfits, we will mercilessly deal with you,” noted Mr. Kitiyo.
[Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta visiting a victim of the Mishomoroni gang attack. Photo/courtesy].
He asked parents to play their parenting role diligently.
His assurance comes amid calls from human rights defenders for enhanced security patrols in Kisauni.
Led by Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid, the activists urged the police to do more in containing the sorry state facing Kisauni dwellers.
According to Mr. Khalid, there has been a recurrence of attacks by marauding youth who injure and kill locals with minimal efforts from security agents in dealing with the gangs.
“We do not want a situation where locals do not know who the enemy is since they are killed by either the gangs or security officers,” revealed Mr. Khalid.
Meanwhile police are conducting security operation within Kisauni to nab criminals who have sent locals into panic.