Village elders to be vetted afresh in Likoni following corruption allegations

Village elders to be vetted afresh in Likoni following corruption allegations

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Likoni deputy county commissioner Geoffrey Omoding during the interview at his office. he has been transferred to Machakos county PHOTO/FILE.

Mombasa, KENYA: All the village elders are set to undergo vetting in Likoni, this is according to the security committee in the area.

Likoni Deputy County Commissioner Geoffrey Omoding who is also chairman of security committee on Wednesday said the move was to eliminate some of them who were suspected to be colluding with criminal gangs in their respective areas.

“We are surprised in some areas the rate of crime is zero but other areas it is terrible,what is happening?”paused the deputy county commissioner.

“We suspect there is something wrong and we must address it for the benefit of residents,”added Mr Omoding.

The Deputy County Commissioner added that some of the village elders are allegedly receiving  “protection fee” from the criminals and this is a threat to security.

“If we managed to arrest criminal and the village have not yet reported that criminal to poplice station,then we have to deal with that village elder fast,”added Mr Omoding.

Mr Omoding noted that security agents  in the area are on high alert, following intelligence reports that criminal gangs are sorting refuge in the area.

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The gangs of Wakaliwao, watalia,the kapeguria six,Wakalikwanza and the Spanish,  are said to have sought refuge in some areas in Likoni after they were flushed out in their hideouts in Kisauni and Majengo area.