Government says amnesty still open for Alshabaab returnees and criminals

Government says amnesty still open for Alshabaab returnees and criminals

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Mombasa County commissioner Evans Achoki at a previous meeting. FILE/PHOTO

Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki on Monday said no victimization will happen to any criminal gangs willing to surrender themselves.

Speaking to reporters after a security meeting with Imams in Mombasa, Achoki said criminal gangs can surrender to the government through the Imams.

“They can also come to us through their imams, we will create a better livelihood to build their future for those who meet the deadline.” said  Achoki.

The offer comes barely a week after intelligence reports indicated that a number of Al-shabaab returnees are back in the country after completing training in Somalia.

Mr Achoki assured the returnees that the government will give them a warm welcome and reintegrate them with the community after keeping their records.

The County Commissioner noted that rate of crime in Mombasa county has since gone down compared to past few months.

Mr Achoki said drugs use among youth in the county has also contributed to criminal activities; especially minors who are supposed to be in school.

The County Commissioner did not disclose the number of Al-shabbab returnees who have so far surrendered to government since the amnesty was declared.

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He called upon parents to make sure their children are in school so as  to prevent them from being lured to join criminal gangs terrorizing Mombasa residents.