The security agencies in Mombasa County have banned night weddings in a bid to deal with rising criminal activities in the coastal region, says County Commissioner Maalim Mohammed.
The decision was reached following an increase in attacks by knife-wielding gangs in the county, which includes the city of Mombasa, Kenya’s main port and second largest city, he said Wednesday during a meeting with local groups.
Maalim said families wishing to hold night wedding ceremonies would have to get police clearance and pay a fee for armed officers to be on duty.
The move comes after a group of women returning home after a wedding ceremony here were recently attacked and had their valuables robbed.
The commissioner said frequent attacks had been reported of knife-wielding gangs who were terrorizing residents of Kisauni and Majengo areas and other parts of Mombasa County after night wedding events.
Wedding ceremonies in Mombasa can last for as long as five days and include parties that go on late into the night.
The ban came into effect immediately and celebrations had to end by 10 pm local time, the commissioner said.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK