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Leaders want Mombasa criminal gangs eliminated

03 May 2016, 15:45 Zainabu Juma

Mombasa - Mombasa leaders want notorious criminal gangs terrorizing residents and tourists in the coastal city dealt with mercilessly by security agencies.

Knife-wielding young criminal calling themselves Wakali Wao and Wakali Kwanza are on the loose causing havoc in parts of Mombasa forcing people to observe unofficial dusk to dawn curfew.

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The leaders asked the security agencies to launch a major crackdown on criminals in Mombasa and its environs to restore residents, business people and visitors confidence.

Nyali MP, Hezron Awiti said it was not enough for security bosses to claim that the criminal gangs were being protected by local politicians eyeing seats during the forthcoming polls.

“Why don’t the security agencies go after the politicians who are bankrolling these criminal gangs instead of lamenting over their dangerous activities,” wondered Awiti.

Last week, Coast Regional Coordinator, Nelson Marwa claimed that the criminal gangs are being protected and used by politicians with an eye on the 2017 general polls to scare away potential rivals.

Contacted for comment, Mombasa Deputy County Commissioner, Mohamud Salim said they have formed a multi-agency security team to crackdown on the criminal gangs that have been terrorizing residents in Kisauni and Changamwe constituencies.

Area governor, Hassan Joho said his administration was ready to provide resources needed in the fight against crime in the tourist resort city and assured residents and visitors of their safety.

Joho urged parents to take their parental roles seriously and called on members of the public to take a leading role in promoting security because it was also their responsibility.

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