BY PETER KOMBE
Likoni sub county Deputy County Commissioner Francis Kazungu Kahindi has appealed to youths in the sub county to stand up and restore back the reputation that has existed in the area ever since.
According to him, reputation as a social fabric has diminished due to a few notorious elements in the sub county.
He asked youths in the area to stand firm urging them to protect each others’ interests.
The DCC said “Reputation is a social fabric that the few bad elements in Likoni have cost the rest of the youths”
The Likoni sub county security boss was addressing a multi-stakeholders Graffiti dialogue forum organised by Manyatta Youth Entertainment in Likoni sub County on Monday.
Meanwhile, Shika Adabu Senior chief Athuman Mwakashi said there is need to strengthen both Nyumba Kumi and village elders by investing in technological equipment in order to enhance security in this area.
“Let us take advantage of simple things like a reversed call. We need to maximize on what we have on the ground like the Nyumba Kumi and our village elders’
At the same time, Vijiweni Assistant chief Said Mwatsumba wants a collaborative approach on the escalation of criminal gangs in the sub county.
He says everyone is conversant of the plight facing the entire community.
“It is crucial that each and every one of us is aware of the problems facing us currently. We need to come together and look for way forward” he explained.
On the other hand, Manyatta Youth Entertainment Executive director Nicholas Songora wants the community to source for an alternative way of preventing upright youths not to join juvenile gangs.
He says juvenile gangs is rampant in the Coast region and calls for a change of tactic by the relevant stakeholders.
The director notes ”A big number of youths surrender to the authorities hoping to benefit from development projects offered by government. Some even hope to secure employment opportunities in return.
According to him some youth join criminal gangs in order to benefit from both NGO’s and state organizations.
Another village elder who spoke on condition of anonymity said some youth in the area help other youths from other sub counties to plan and execute robbery with violence.
He called on both village elders and the Nyumba Kumi elders in the area to keep on toes all youths flocking in the sub county.
“It is high time that we track the movements of all youths who visit our sub county” the elder noted.