Mombasa County Commissioner (CC) John Otieno has assured both local and foreign tourists of adequate security as they get ready to celebrate Christmas and New Year holidays.
Otieno, who was speaking during Jamuhuri day celebrations in Mombasa said that it is the responsibility of all residents in the county to ensure there is peace and order as they engage in celebration during the festivities.
He said that they will place visible security across the county during the celebrations to ensure order.
“It is a festive season and we have tourists both local and international who have come to visit and bring revenue to our county, it is therefore our responsibility to ensure the county is secure. Police will be in the forefront in ensuring peace,” he said.
He further urged parents to be responsible for their children during the long school holiday.
He said that teachers have done their part with the children during school time and as they are now on holiday, it is time for parents to do their part.
“I urge parents to be on the lookout for the whereabouts of their children during this long holiday because the teachers have completed their part, they are now in your hands, take care of them, sit them down and advise them accordingly,” said Otieno.
He noted that a huge number of people who are involved in criminal acts in the county are young people who are below 20 years.
The CC further asked local chiefs and village elders to be on the forefront and sensitize the locals on the importance of attending public gatherings like the Jamhuri day celebrations saying it’s during such functions where matters of national importance are discussed.
“It is during these functions where we read the President’s speech and it is patriotic for people to listen to what the president wants to tell them,” he added.
On his part, Mombasa governor Abdulswamad Nassir said in order to help in boosting security, he will roll out patrol boats at the beaches and include ushers that will be there to guide tourists on the amazing places to visit within Mombasa.
Nassir also urged locals to uphold good manners while interacting with tourists and avoid activities that will jeopardize the sector that is among the main sources of income in the area.
“Our expectation as a government is that we will not receive cases of attacks on tourists. We hope that we will be on our best behavior as we enjoy the season,” he said.
By Chari Suche