Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata has warned criminal gangs in Mombasa and Kwale Counties. 

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Speaking at Ng’ombeni area in Kwale near the border with Mombasa during the laying down of a foundation stone for a new police post, Elungata said that the police have launched a search for the groups. 

He pointed out that the groups which include; Lipa Kwanza, Timboni Mateja, Vijana wa Labour, Vijiweni Boys, Wajukuu wa Bibi, Wakali Kwanza, Wakali Pilipili, Wakali Wao, Wasasi and Watalia have caused fear in the area due to their attacks. 

Elungata also asked parents to take their kids to school in a bid to keep them away from joining such criminal gangs. 

"Instead of these children being in school, they are roaming around attacking innocent people, this is unacceptable," he said as quoted by the Standard.

The Regional Commissioner also argued local chiefs to ban night discos and disco matanga. He noted that such gatherings promote evil things among the youths such as drug abuse and teen pregnancies. 

This comes after Wakali Kwanza gang attacked Bamburi and Kisauni residents leaving several badly injured.

Coast regional police commander Marcus Ochola has since said more security officers have been deployed in the region. 

“No shoot-to-kill order has been issued to the police. We have deployed vehicles, security officers and intensified intelligence gathering to deal with the criminal gangs,” Ochola said.