President Uhuru Kenyatta raised concerns over disappearance of youths especially in Mombasa county who are believed to be heading to Somalia to join terror groups such as Al-Shaabab.
President Kenyatta however warned parents that they will be held responsible whenever a youth under their parental custody joins criminal and terror groups such as Al-Shaabab.
“I want to ask you parents, there are many youths who have gone missing and I want to say it here clearly, because the truth of the matter is many have gone to neighboring country to be taught of jihad” said president Kenyatta while addressing the public at Mkomani show grounds in Mombasa.
The President’s sentiments come barely four days after Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa raised an alarm over youths being radicalized especially those released recently from Shimo La Tewa Prison following a major crackdown which was carried out by police at Sakina and Musa mosque in Majengo to flash out radicalized groups.
President Kenyatta however directed the police to deal with suspected radical groups in a more profession manner to ensure youths who have joined them are reinstated back to the community.
The president also applauded the police for the good work in ensuring security is maintained in the country.
“I know your work has difficulties but today I urge you today her to work with the parents,when this youths who have gone a stray come back,apply the law and take them to courts to be charged”said the President.
No space for drug barons
Meanwhile, President Kenyatta declared war against drug barons at the Coast warning those suspected that the Government will deal ruthlessly with them.
He said the government will soon roll out initiatives to combat drugs in all the affected areas at the Coast.
Earlier the Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho had asked the President to declare drugs menace in the Coastal city a national disaster.
“Finally your excellency as you wind up your speech I want you to announce the use of drugs as a national disaster sir and we shall work with yo so that rhetoric of politicizing this issue of drugs comes to an end” said Joho at the Mombasa International ASK Show.
And in his address the President urged politicians and religious leaders at the Coast to engage with the security teams in eradicating drugs dens.
“I will continue saying those who will be caught ferrying drugs you know that property will be destroyed even the owner of the ship know that we will destroy that vessel,we will continue with that spirit until we ensure we secure the future of our children” added the President.