NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa has issued a one week amnesty to criminal gangs to surrender or face the full force of the law.
Marwa stated that those in possession of illegal firearms should surrender them before the expiry of the amnesty.
Speaking after a meeting with Muslim leaders, Marwa said the recent incidents of security are scaring away potential investors.
“All criminals in this county who are harbouring illegal weapons should surrender them within one week. If you are found to be having illegal guns while terrorising Kenyans, you will be dealt with accordingly,” he stated.
He maintained that those criminals who will not surrender will face full force that includes the shoot to kill order as earlier directed.
“We are not going to be begging these criminals. That must be made clear, that at all costs, the government is pretty alert to deal with these individuals at any time, but within one week, just bring the gun and tell us that I have returned to the Mosque or church then we will have no problem with you,” he said.
He however indicated that the amnesty does not apply for the gunmen who attacked the church in Likoni and the shoot to kill order still stands.
“This is specifically for those people with illegal guns. But it does not apply to those who attacked the church on Sunday. We are already narrowing on them and when they are found, they will face the full force of the law. There will be no mercy for them,” he stated.
On Wednesday, Marwa issued a shoot to kill order on those behind the shooting at the church.
He said that police have intensified their hunt for the gunmen who left six people dead in the incident.
He further instructed his officers to crack down terror cells and those behind the radicalisation of the youth.
Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki however termed the shoot to kill order of any suspected terrorist issued in Mombasa as unconstitutional.
Kindiki, who was responding to questions related to the weekend church attack in Likoni, cautioned that it will be against the law to implement such orders and said there are relevant bodies to guard against such.
“It is for that reason why we now have a Policing Oversight Authority. Without really pre-empting what would happen, that kind of order will fly in the face of the Constitution,” he said.
The Senator accused the Executive of only paying lip service to the fight against terrorism and demanded to know specific measures being taken to tackle the radicalization of youths especially in Nairobi and Mombasa.
Kindiki said among other issues there are ongoing negotiations with Mombasa and Nairobi county governments to allow for supplementary anti-terrorism police formations.
“Discussions are ongoing to try and see how the county governments of Nairobi and Mombasa can partner with the National Government to supplement the security arrangements which are there subject to the command of the Inspector General.”