Security meeting in Likoni disrupted after two groups disagree

Security meeting in Likoni disrupted after two groups disagree

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Some of the village elders storming out of the hall after the security meeting was disrupted. PHOTO: WELDON KEMBO.

Mombasa, KENYA: Likoni sub-county security meeting was interrupted on Thursday when two groups in attendance engaged each other in exchange of bitter words.

The meeting  whose main agenda was for the newly posted Deputy County Commissioner Albert Kimathi to interact with village elders and his sub-county security team, ended indefinitely.

The meeting was held at Likoni social hall.

Drama started when a group from Likoni CDF committee who had attended the meeting asked more time to highlight some issues about Likoni CDF,but this did not go well with the village elders saying the meeting was to interact and discuss security matters with new deputy county commissioner.

It took the intervention of Assistant Deputy County Commissioner Reuben Nyagah to calm down the two groups but he was overpowered.

The new Deputy county commissioner himself Mr Albert Kimathi had to intervene and the meeting ends.

CDF secretary identified as Pastor Timothy had asked for 10 minutes time to highlight some issues pertaining Likoni CDF.

The village elders booed him questioning out how he was elected and reminds him the meeting was for security purpose.

Mkutano ni wa usalama.sasa mambo na CDF imetoka wapi!nyinyi panga mkutano wa cdf kando ili mueleza munayotaka sio kudandia mikutano ya wengine(kindly the meeting is for security purpose.its not to discuss CDF,plan for CDF meeting differently)” a village elder was heard saying.

Mr Kimathi had earlier warned the village elders to keep off from engaging selling of plots.

He said majority were brokers subdividing lands illegally without following proper processes.

“The land belongs to government, your work as a village elder is to solve disputes and work with government .you report to us what is happening on the ground ,not selling public land,” said Mr. Kimathi.

The deputy county commissioner noted that Al shabaab returnees from Somalia were back in Likoni sub-county hiding with a mission to carry out attacks.

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He ordered assistant county commissioners to work closely with village elders to arrest the suspects.

“We know many are back from Somalia, their motive is to kill and we would not allow that,” said Mr. Kimathi.