Likoni residents assured of maximum security as August polls approach

From Right: Likoni Ass. Deputy County Commissioner Florence Sitawa, Deputy County Commissioner Erick Mulevu, OCPD Chief Willy Simba and AP commandant Alloys Kamau addressing reporters outside his office in Likoni. PHOTO: WELDON KEMBOI.

Mombasa, KENYA: Maritime police will work hand in hand with other security organs in ensuring Likoni Sub-county is secured during the electioneering period, this is according to top security officials.

This comes as Timbwani,Soweto, Jamvi la wageni and Shikaadabu are some of the areas which have been identified as hot spots for possible election violence.

Addressing reporters on Monday at his office after holding a security meeting, new Likoni sub-county Deputy County Commissioner Erick Mulevu said that Likoni is ‘safe” amid fears that tension is building up.

He said though the area has a history of violence in the past, his committee has put adequate measures to deal with any insecurity in the area.

“We are asking the residents to stay calm,we are on top of everything and we want to assure residents that Likoni is safe,” said the DCC.

He warned that a special team will be also monitoring communication gadgets to curb hate speech mongers.

“We want to send a strong message to those spreading rumours that we will come for you,we will deal with you without any excuse,we will take serious steps upon anyone found guilty,” said Mulevu.

Regarding the leaflets which have been circulated in the area warning non-locals to relocate before the August elections ,the DCC said forensic officials were working on the same and soon culprits will be arrested.