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Village administrators urged to protect youth against radicalization

08 May 2014, 11:50 John Kioko

Nairobi - Msambweni sub-county assistant commissioner Justus Maina has urged chiefs, their assistants, village elders and Nyumba Kumi leaders in the area to be watchful and report any religious leaders involved in radicalizing youths.

Addressing journalists in Msambweni Wednesday, Maina said that all national government leaders in the area including village elders should work together to curb youth radicalization.

He made the remarks after meeting chiefs and their assistants in his Msambweni office where they were discussing the security situation in the area.

“Let us get reports of pastors and Imams found or suspected to be radicalizing youths for urgent action to be taken,” he said.

Maina added that aliens or visitors living in the villages without the knowledge of chiefs and their assistants should be reported to the police.

He also cautioned that any suspicious characters found roaming or hiding in the area should immediately be reported to the police.

The commissioner said that in a bid to bolster security in the area the administrators will be holding security meeting weekly to discuss security issues.

“We are moving a notch higher to secure our region not only using police but locals and their leaders at the scene that is chiefs, assistants, village elders and Nyumba Kumi leaders (balozi) who will be meeting frequently," he said.

Apart from monitoring visitors, Maina said that assistant chiefs have the responsibility of registering all new born babies in a bid to keep a record of Kenyans born in the area.

“What we are trying to do is also in line with the operation linda nchi. Everyone should be vigilant and especially government officials at the grassroots level,” he added.

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