Mombasa, KENYA: Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki has assured residents of a peaceful electioneering period after complaints arose from the public that some unknown groups were instilling fear among the residents in various parts of the county.
Addressing journalists during a stakeholders forum at the Government Training Institute GTI on Tuesday, the county security boss said the forum was specifically held to lay out strategies on maintaining peace before, during and after the August polls.
He gave out a stern warning to all the gangs who have been terrorizing locals that they will face the full force of the law, adding that security has been beefed up in all corners of Mombasa County ahead of the August polls.
“I want to assure all Kenyans in this county that security has been tightened. As security stakeholders we will not tolerate any form of disorderliness. We promise to wipe out all the gangs whose intention is to disrupt peace.” Achoki said.
On the other hand, the chairman of the Coast Development Lobby Group (CDLG) Idd Mambo, urged coast residents to maintain peace before, during and after the August polls saying that they should not be divided along tribal lines by self seeking politicians.
He pointed out that elections are only for a season while the country will still be there to look after even after the polls.
“I urge every Kenyan to maintain peace during the entire electioneering period. Elections are seasonal while Kenya and Kenyans will still be thereeven after the polls.” Mambo explained.
Phylis Muema the Director of Kenya Community Support Centre, urged the youth to cast their votes wisely during the August election and avoid taking bribes from politicians and other aspiring leaders.
“I am delighted to say that security has been tightened in all the six coastal counties. I however urge security officials to work very closely with the community in order to pin point some of the notorious elements in the society.” Muema said.
Also in attendance were the Deputy County Commissioner Salim Mahmud, Mombasa County Council of Elders co-ordinator Rajab Sumba.