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Govt urged to beef up security ahead of festive season

22 December 2014, 14:32 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - Religious leaders in the country have asked the government to beef up security in the coastal region during this festive season as both Kenyans prepare for holiday celebrations.

The leaders made the calls a day after a bus headed to Lamu from Mombasa was attacked by unknown gunmen, citing that security is vital especially at the public beaches and shopping malls.

Speaking during an ordination ceremony of 15 pastors at the Ushindi Baptist Church in Likoni, the leaders led by Bishops Joseph Maisha and John Lwangu of Ushindi ministries vowed to back every effort the government was making to curb insecurity in the country.

This comes also as Muslims faithfuls are warming up for Maulid celebrations in Lamu County.

“We support the measures the government is putting in the fight against terrorism and any other form of insecurity. We are seeing things going to the extremes and what we seek from the government is security for our worshippers,” said Bishop Joseph Maisha on behalf of the Ushindi mistries.

On Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the controversial security Bill 2014 that elicited sharp reactions from civil society groups in the country.

Meanwhile, Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa said that security apparatus are on high alert to ensure that all visitors touring the coastal city enjoy themselves during this festive season.

All public beaches, shopping malls will be highly secured even as insecurity remains a threat in the country.

Marwa send a warning to anyone who intends to disrupt people’s security saying: “We have deployed enough security for this holiday season; we assure enough security to all our visitors,” Marwa reaffirmed.

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