Mombasa residents excited as President Uhuru takes 40-minute stroll in Previous City

President Uhuru Kenyatta accompanied by leaders from Mombasa County takes a walk along the streets of Old Town on Tuesday September 1, 2015. Residents were excited to see the President in their midst.

PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

(Nation.co.ke) – President Uhuru Kenyatta Tuesday stunned Mombasa residents when he took a 40-minute stroll alongside the streets of the Previous City, infamous for knife-wielding youths who terrorise each vacationers and locals.

The President, with a hoop of safety officers and Coast leaders round him, walked alongside the slim streets after inspecting the cleansing of the 100-year previous Mackinnon Market forward of the launch of the Nationwide Youth Service programme in Mvita Constituency.

Previous City, which till about 5 years in the past was a peaceable space, has been changed into a harmful zone by radicalised youths.

The insecurity and filth on the Nationwide Museums of Kenya-gazetted space additionally listed as a UNESCO heritage web site, have diminished the city right into a pale shadow of its a long time of tourism glory.

On July 5, 2014, a Russian vacationer was shot useless by gunmen who later escaped in a ready automobile.

HUGE CROWDS

The safety element had a tough time controlling a crowd that adopted Mr Kenyatta alongside Nasir, Ndia Kuu and Mbarak Hinawy roads earlier than reaching Fort Jesus at 1pm the place he addressed the residents.

“This is the first time the President of this republic is visiting this area,” mentioned Ms Fatma Huzefa, the headteacher of Ocean View Nursery Faculty the place the President greeted youngsters and academics.

“He asked the children to work hard. We were excited to talk to the President,” she mentioned.

The proprietor of Safina Craft store Mr Stated Salim mentioned the President promised to go to him once more in three months’ time when he’s scheduled to examine on the progress of the Previous City venture.

“I have been making some furniture for State House but no president has ever visited me. I have no words,” mentioned the previous man, in his sixties.

FLUSH OUT DRUG DEALERS

Talking exterior the Fort Jesus museum, the President requested Mombasa residents to paved the way in flushing out drug traffickers and sellers.

Final week, he launched a crackdown on drug sellers when he formally opened the Mombasa ASK present.

The President mentioned those that peddled medicine had been well-known among the many members of the group and it was the accountability of residents to paved the way.

“We wish to do away with medicine as a result of we would like our youth to have a possibility to construct their lives. However we is not going to succeed until you paved the way.

“You already know who the sellers are and we would like you to assist us do away with them.

“If there are police officers who will not collaborate, tell us so that we get them out of the way,” President Kenyatta mentioned.

“This isn’t the Mombasa we used to know. We have to carry again the glory of this city by guaranteeing that safety is maintained.

“This is the only way that tourists will come back which will result to more jobs for our children,” he added.

The President warned the youth towards radicalisation, saying there was no faith that preached killing of harmless folks.

“We’ve got grown with our Muslim brothers and sisters and we all know very properly that there is no such thing as a such faith.

“Islam preaches peace and nobody should teach that you should kill because of religion,” the President mentioned.

1300 YOUTH TO JOIN NYS

Not less than 1,300 youth from Mvita Constituency can be recruited to hitch NYS, Devolution and Planning Cupboard Secretary Anne Waiguru, who accompanied the President mentioned.

They are going to endure coaching in varied programmes and take part in growth tasks.

The venture can be rolled out in different coastal counties by CS Anne Waiguru underneath whose docket NYS falls.

Governor Joho requested the youth to rise as much as the event, saying it was disappointing that even with jobs knocking on the doorways, few folks had been turning up.

“Now that jobs are here you must be serious,” he mentioned.

The President additionally directed Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) to scale back charges for coaching on the Bandari School from Sh70,000 to Sh35,000, and requested MPs to supply bursaries to needy youth by way of the Constituency Growth Fund (CDF).

Different leaders who attended the operate had been MPs Naomi Shabaan (Taveta), Rashid Bedzimba (Kisauni), Suleiman Dori (Msambweni), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), Abu Chiaba (Lamu Senator) and Moses Kuria (Gatundu), amongst others.

Aline Niyonkuru

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