150 young men from Kilifi county will undergo training on community policing from next week, the government said on Wednesday, to help the county enhance security, as the threat of terrorism continued to be more pronounced across the country.
Kilifi county has had its share of terror-related threats with previous reports of targeted attacks on local social amenities by al shabaab sympathisers.
County commissioner Joseph Keter said the trained youth would help in local security surveillance as well as enhance peace and cohesion among the local population.
Keter said some youth who had undergone training by the militants had returned to Kilifi, but had not surrendered to authorities despite government amnesty which expired weeks ago.
“Some of those youths are active, some reluctant while others are just there waiting for a chain of command to act……which is very dangerous for every one of us,” said Keter.
“We thank a few mothers who have been coming to us reporting that their youth who had left the country some years ago are back.”
In the past weeks, military personnel have mounted road blocks along the Mombasa-Malindi highway in Kilifi, and conducted searches on people and vehicles.
Already 60 chiefs and 147 assistants have been trained on security surveillance, said Keter.