American Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec has called upon leaders, the business community and residents of Kilifi County to work closely on matters of security maintenance in the area.
Godec made the remarks during a visit to Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi in his office that security concerns were paramount and a responsibility of every individual for the area to prosper in all sectors.
Godec said the area was vulnerable to religious extremism and terrorism hence the need for everyone to promptly report suspected criminals to the security forces.
“We will continue to be your strong partners by giving the necessary resources to counter threats and we are positive that everyone will keep guard of their own area to defeat the enemy,” he said.
Godec revealed the US government’s plans to launch a youth empowerment programme that will be implemented in all the counties to help mentor and build capacity for the local youth.
Echoing the ambassador’s sentiments, area governor Amason Kingi said security had direct effect on tourism in the region hence it needed to be safeguarded at all costs.
“We are glad that the travelling advisories by our partners were lifted and we have witnessed the influx of tourists in the coast. We should work as a team and ensure tourism flourishes from all corners of the world,” he said.
Kingi warned politicians campaigning for the Malindi by-election to avoid utterances that could negatively affect the gains witnessed in the tourism sector.
By Harrison Yeri and Mvera Kazungu