Lamu County local administration has been sent into panic after the Director of Public Prosecution-DPP vowed to pursue all possible details on massive gross human rights violation in the county.
Mr. Noordin Hajj who was in a weeklong tour in Lamu County meeting locals in Lamu Island, Kiwayu, Manda, Mpeketoni, Witu among other areas revealed that most forms of gross human rights Violation were related to land conflicts.
He said locals openly revealed that the local administration and security details were colluding with land grabbers to evict locals from their ancestral lands.
Mr. Hajj said together with the Attorney General Paul Kihara Kariuki and the Director of Criminal Investigation-DCI George Kinoti will swing into action to ensure all the public officers involved in inflicting pain and suffering to locals in Lamu are punished.
Addressing locals at Mpeketoni during his tour Mr. Hajj admitted that indeed there was a problem within the local administration and a special team will be constituted to pursue every single form of human rights violation in the county.
“90 percent of all the complaints I have gathered so far are related to land tussles, the Ministry of lands and National Land Commission officers must be fully investigated,” added Hajj.
He noted that locals in the county were being evicted without any laid down procedures.
“I am assuring you my fellow Kenyans that your cry has been heeded, we will be back here soon to monitor the progress, your rights will prevail,” he told the locals.
Human rights lobby Haki Africa which has teamed up with the DPP, DCI and the Attorney General’s office said Lamu residents have suffered major historical injustices and it was time such inhumanity is amicably addressed.
[Haki Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid during the opening of Lamu Social Justice Centre at Mkunguni, Lamu County. Photo/ Elvis Kenga].
Speaking during the public hearing forum held at Mpeketoni gardens in Lamu County, Haki Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid said the organisation will use all the available avenues to ensure such inhuman acts are completely contained.
Mr. Khalid termed chronic land issue in Lamu as major setback to the County’s economy.
He said the recently forged multi-agency approach to the matter will yield positive impact.
“Lamu residents have suffered drastic historical injustices, we must solve these inhumanities once and for all,” said Mr. Khalid.