, NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 26 – The Mombasa County Commissioner Nelson Marwa has issued a shoot to kill order against those behind killings at a church in Likoni over the weekend.
Speaking on Wednesday in Mombasa, Marwa stressed that police had intensified their hunt for the gunmen who left six people dead.
“These are not people to be arrested since they have also killed others. If we find any of them, we will finish them on the spot. They are not people to take to court. Who is going to be your witness in court? What witnesses will be used?” he posed.
He has further instructed his officers to crack down hard on terror cells and those behind the radicalisation of the youths.
“These are not the only ones. There are those who terrorise people around here. Last Friday we crushed five of them and on Sunday two. This Kenya must be free and we will not let anyone wreak havoc on the innocent,” Marwa stated.
A combined team of GSU and regular police are involved in a massive operation to search for those behind the church killings.
The order comes even as the Interior Ministry launched an operation in Nairobi seeking to rein in rising crime rates of crime and terrorism.
The operation dubbed ‘Usalama Watch,’ is an initiative between security agencies and the general public which has so far seen two thugs shot dead, a number of homemade guns recovered and 476 people arrested in Nairobi on Tuesday night.
The exercise follows the attack on the Joy in Jesus church in Likoni that left 6 people dead.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku stated that no one will be allowed to terrorise innocent Kenyans.
“The warnings we have given have not been heeded. The tolerance we have exhibited has not been appreciated; the accommodation we have shown in terms of getting everybody’s view has been taken for granted and abused and I want to say that we have been patient enough with those we have taken as our guests,” Lenku stated.
Lenku who visited baby Satrine Osinya who has bullet lodged in his head at the Kenyatta National Hospital emphasised that decisive action will be taken against criminals including those suspected of engaging terrorist activities.
“We have spoken enough of how tolerant and how patient we have been as a people. We have warned those who are being misused long enough. We will not warn them anymore. We will deal with them,” he said.
His sentiments come even as an additional 500 security officers were deployed to Nairobi and Mombasa and all refugees ordered to report back to camps in Dadaab and Kakuma.