- Robert Kitur calls on parents to take responsibility in fight against radicalisation.
- Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi urges the public to support police in maintaining security through community policing.
Parents who fail to report their missing children to the authorities at the Coast will be arrested and prosecuted, the regional police boss has said.
Coast Regional Police Commander Robert Kitur said nothing would hamper the fight against terrorism.
Speaking at the opening of the Kwahola Police Patrol base in Changamwe at the weekend, Mr Kitur said parents must know what their children are doing at all times.
Mr Kitur warned that if the authorities realise that an arrested criminal was not reported, it will be assumed that the parent was aware of the activities they had gone to engage in.
“The coast and northeastern regions are leading with numbers of missing youths. Parents are failing in their responsibilities. They are here while their children are on the other side of Somalia. You are the one to be arrested,” the police boss warned.
He added: “They disappear and the result is what you saw the other day in Garissa. If your child has gone missing, report immediately to the police.”
Mr Kitur also warned that those who have turned mosques into centres of radicalisation, saying they would not be spared.
“Religious leaders must help us fight radicalisation and terrorism. Mosques are places of prayer. They have been turned into radicalisation venues. Religious leaders and parents must be on the forefront for us to win this war,” he said.