SECURITY has been beefed up on Coastal highways as local and foreign tourists flood in for the festive season of Christmas and New Year.
The police conduct regular ID checks on several highways, to verify the citizenship of passengers in public vehicles. In Kwale County, roadblocks have been set up in Kombani, Matuga and Ramisi where passengers are required to provide their identification before continuing their journey.
“We are conducting regular checks to identify non-citizen visitors who may use this season to infiltrate other parts of the country,” said Kwale County Police Commander, Stephen Ng’etich.
Mr Ng’etich argued that due to the fact that Kwale is a county that borders other neighboring countries, it is more vulnerable to receive foreign citizens through open borders. To strengthen the patrol, the commander said the police will be in charge of highways such as Likoni-Lungalunga and Mombasa-Nairobi to ensure that vehicles control the speed as required and thus reduce the number of accidents.
He also said hotels have been instructed to keep a list of the names of all guests entering and leaving. “We don’t want enemies to be near us,” Mr Ng’etich said and added that patrols have been increased while all police officers who were on vacation are required to be at work.
The operations are scheduled to continue until January when schools open. Other places where protection has been strengthened are in the city, shrines and places of pleasure and entertainment. At the same time, Mr Ng’etich wanted those traveling to other areas to inform their neighbors and the police about where they live, to prevent robbers from breaking into their homes when they will not be there.
At the Likoni crossing, congestion has started to be witnessed as thousands of residents and also vehicles travel between Mombasa and Kwale.