Coast security bosses reshuffled as war against drugs intensifies

Written By: Juney Karisa
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Top security bosses at the Coast have been reshuffled in a move seen as part of the ongoing war against drugs in the region.

Coast Regional Police Boss Marcus Ocholla has been redeployed to Rift Valley while his Mombasa counterpart Johnstone Ipara has been moved to Uasin Gishu County.

Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki will also be exiting the region and is expected to hand over to his successor Gilbert Kitio Wednesday.

The events of August 6th remain etched in the minds of Bamburi residents in Kisauni constituency.

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10 youths armed with machetes left 13 people nursing serious injuries in a moment of aggression that created fear and confusion not only in Kisauni but in the entire Mombasa County.

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A visit to the region by interior cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i in the wake of attacks would see the declaration of a renewed push to rid the region of illicit drugs and dealers.

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The warning prompting random crackdowns that would yield an assortment of illegal drugs, raids that that would later center on Mombasa Tycoon Ali Punjani’s and Likoni MCA Ahmed Salama.

A day into the probe, police failed to pin the two influential persons with admissible evidence to tie them to the drug menace.

Coast Region Police Commander Marcus Ocholla is headed to western Kenya and will be succeeded by Rashid Yakubu.

Ocholla has served the region for five months. Mombasa County Police boss Johnstone Ipara will hand over his office to Augustine Inthubi as he packs his bags to Uasin Gishu County after serving for three years.

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Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki will be handing over to Gilbert Kitio from Marsabit County after serving for 4 years.

20 Assistant County Commissioners across the Coast Region have not escaped the reorganization as they have also been moved to Western, Rift Valley, Eastern, Nyanza and central regions.

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