By The COAST Reporter
The government has once again urged youth who joined terror groups to willingly surrender and stay safe before the law catches up on them.
Speaking at a forum for countering violence extremism representatives at a Mombasa Hotel on Friday, Mombasa Commissioner Evans Achoki said terrorism has become a global threat and called on the need for Kenyans to stem it out.
Achoki noted that the role of the government is to ensure that her citizens are safe to ensure that their daily activities are not interfered with.
“Terrorism has become a universal threat. As government we are determined to fight the vice.” He insisted
The county security boss however called on Religious leaders and other stake holders to cooperate with the government in its bid to root out terror acts amongst youngsters.
He indicated that through concerted efforts the government is willing to partner with all the stakeholders including county government officials and the civil society organizations in ensuring that the youths do not engage in violent extremism.
“The government will continue protecting, preventing, pursuing and prosecuting all criminals. We appeal all the stakeholders to focus on the young and provide wise counsel to them.” He said
He urged the various stakeholders to focus on the young, provide the relevant education and offer wise counsel to them in order to bring up an informed and able society.
Achoki pledged to continue working with all the stakeholders in countering violent extremism within the county.
He however pinpointed that the police force will be professional in their patrols while dealing with criminals.
“We shall continue working with all the stakeholders in all circles.” The state officer said
He noted that the police department will continue working within the confines of the law while on duty.
Achoki highlighted that the government has already conducted public barazas in all the sub counties in a bid to educate the public on the need to stem any violent terrorist activity within the county.
“The police force will work within the confines of the law.” Achoki noted
At the same time Aimee Ongeso, public international law and policy group programs manager said the Kenyan government is committed to fighting violent extremism throughout the country.
The international human rights crusader noted that as a human rights defender she is concerned with how the government works within the confines of the law.
“The Kenyan government is committed to fighting terrorism throughout the country.” She pointed out
She indicated that dialogue is crucial in ensuring that people do not engage in violent extremist actions.
Aimee noted with concern that in order for Kenyans to thrive socially politically and economically the rule of law must be upheld.
“Dialogue is key in ensuring that that people do not engage in crime.’ She noted
She said Kenya has the best legal framework throughout the world that guarantees an equal opportunity for every single Kenyan.
Meanwhile HAKI Africa executive director Hussein Khalid recommended for a formulation of a better legal framework in the country that will safely accommodate all the returnees.
“Lack of a proper legal frame work makes it difficult for the government to deal with returnees.” He noted
He stated that lack of an appropriate policy in the country makes it difficult for the government to deal with returnees from terror groups.