Security has been beefed up in the coastal region ahead of the Christmas and New Year festive season in anticipation of high numbers of visitors.

Coast Regional Commissioner (RC) John Elungata says visible security will be in place alongside intelligence surveillance across the region before and after the celebrations.

Elungata observed that foolproof security measures had been put in place ahead of the festivities to avoid any untoward incidents.

Speaking in his office Elungata said the tight security measures were aimed at ensuring the safety and security of residents and domestic and foreign holidaymakers.

“We are ready for the festivities and have deployed adequate security personnel to enhance patrols at the beaches, places of worship and other popular joints to ensure residents and visitors enjoy a peaceful and safe holiday season,” said Elungata during an interview
at his Uhuru na Kazi office in Mombasa.

Elungata who was accompanied by the Coast Regional Police Commander Manase Musyoka asked the management of worship places and the general public to co-operate with the security personnel and volunteer information on any suspected person or illegal activities.

“Those manning mosques, churches and other worship premises should introduce the screening and other security measures for protection,” added the Regional Commissioner.

At the same time, Elungata urged holidaymakers to strictly observe Covid-19 protocols and underscored the importance of social distancing, regular washing of hands with soap or sanitiser and wearing of masks in public places.

By Fred Azelwa.