There is a clear nexus between the recent Mombasa attacks in which innocent residents were viciously hacked by knife-wielding criminals and the movement of drugs.
Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiangi, says the Monday night incidents in which at least 13 people were injured are symptomatic of deep-seated challenges in the region, but warned the gangs’ time is up.
Speaking in Mombasa after a meeting with Regional and County security teams and local political leaders, Dr. Matiangi reiterated the government will stamp out all the criminal networks, most of which have their roots in known luminaries and highly connected people.
To this end, the Cabinet Secretary divulged that security agencies have commenced a systematic operation to confront the issue head-on and exuded confidence it will bear fruits. “We are aware of some political leaders who are attempting to incite the youth under the guise of political mobilization.
I’m sure Kenyans no longer want to hear tough talk; they want results, and rest assured we will deliver as expected,” he said. Police have already apprehended 11 out of the 13 youth suspected to have directly taken part in the attacks, and Dr. Matiangi said the officers have cast the net even wider and will soon catch up with the masterminds.
The CS was concerned that there could’ve been some security lapses, but committed to personally supervise the operation together with the Inspector General of the National Police until there is a permanent solution to the issue.
He later had a walkthrough in Mshomoroni area, Concordia, KadzadaniMwatamba where he opened police posts and addressed residents.
He said: “We have raised specific issues and recommendations, and it is really encouraging that the local leaders have assured us of full support. We cannot surrender the lives of our young people to some criminals whatever their social status or political affiliation. We are not naïve; we understand the risks associated with drug peddling, and we will stay the course of our agenda for youth development and national security.”
Among those present in the meeting, include: the Inspector General of the National Police Hillary Mutambai, the Director of the National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) Amb. Martin Kimani, the Secretary for Internal Security (SIS) Moffat Kangi, Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata, Mombasa County Senator Mohammed Faki, MPs Mohamed Ali and Mishi Mboko, and all National Government Administration Officers (NGAOs) from the region.