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Bandits 'in-charge' of Nyumba Kumi initiative at the Coast

26 November 2013, 18:56

Mombasa - Panic has engulfed the Coast as bandits are said to be spearheading the ‘Nyumba Kumi’ initiative.

Residents in Bombolulu, Kisimani and Maweni areas of Kisauni Sub County are fearing the worst after it emerged that well known criminal gangs have taken over the government project.

The fears have come after residents voiced their concern on what they termed as questionable mechanisms of running the initiative. They say that some of the stakeholders in the initiative have served prison terms while others are of questionable character.

Maweni community policing chairman Mr. Jimmy Kenga said that the area has challenges as administrators failed to involve members of the public in the process of enforcing the Nyumba Kumi initiative.

“We are shocked to find that goons are the ones pressing for this initiative. We are afraid the initiative might not work as planned if this turns to be the trend”, Kenga said.

The residents were to hold peaceful demonstrations in protest but police deployed from Kisauni divisional headquarters suppressed the meeting.

“We are afraid that hooligans and those we know are related with wrongdoing in this region have been put on the front-line in creating the Nyumba kumi program. We will not be creating a solution but a new problem, Amina Abdalla”, a resident in Kisimani said.

The sentiments followed the closure of Bombolulu-Kisimani community policing office over what has been termed as arbitration of powers.

The closure of the office has attracted the attention of both the public and several non- governmental organizations including Council for Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK) that has demanded the office be reopened.

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