Judiciary taken to task over 'Mombasa knife gangs'
13 July 2015, 09:36
Mombasa - Mvita legislator, Aboudswamad Sherrif Nassir has called upon the Judiciary to impose maximum sentence on criminals after it was established that notorious gang members in the region are ex-convicts and suspects out on bail.
Aboudswamad said he was awaiting a report from the Mombasa County Commissioner, Nelson Marwa with a list of suspects arrested within Majengo and Oldtown areas and are out on bail.
“I am awaiting the report before we convene a meeting with the Chief Justice on the way forward. We cannot have people released on bail that does not reflect the weight of their offense,” said Aboudswamad.
This follows Friday's incident where five people are alleged to have been stabbed within the Old town area followed by a police swoop that led to the arrest of 22 people that evening.
Mombasa deputy County Commissioner, Salim Mahmoud said that two suspects were found with machetes and knives.
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The Mp said that already 8 suspected knife gang members have been identified within the Majengo area, with most of them being either ex convicts or suspects out on bail.
“We cannot have a group of 4 to 5 people terrorizing the whole town and holding the city at ransom,” he said.
He revealed that there will be a door-to-door search for the suspects, adding that he will not support police swoops that lead to the arrest of innocent youths in the area.
The Mp said that residents of the area were fed up with the attacks that have seen many people stabbed by the gang, and also the formation of vigilante groups within Majengo and Old town areas.
Aboudswamad however dismissed claims that the youths were ganging up in crime over lack of employment opportunities.
“There is a social problem. You cannot tell me that a 15-year-old is holding a panga because he does not have a job. Such a boy should be in school,” he said.
He revealed plans to install surveillance cameras in the affected areas to help curb the insecurity incidences.
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