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Curfew imposed in parts of Lamu to be reviewed

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[Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang'i. Photo/courtesy]

The government might soon lift the curfew imposed on parts of Lamu County in January this year following attacks that left seven people dead and families displaced. Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i says the government will review the security situation on the ground before lifting the curfew.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i was speaking during a recent visit to the Kenya Coast Guard Service in Mombasa County, to inspect operations at the marine security agency, hinting that the curfew was imposed on four divisions within Lamu West and Lamu central sub-counties might be lifted subject to security review.

The areas were declared security zones and put under curfew in January this year following attacks that left seven people dead and families evicted. The Interior Cabinet Secretary at the same time said that the national security agencies have been well equipped with personnel and resources to carry out their mandate efficiently and effectively before, during and after elections.

The Interior CS said the Government had ramped up security along the Kenyan coastline and in other water bodies in the country as part of the preparations for the general elections.

More equipment has also been procured and additional personnel seconded to the Coast Guard to prevent terrorist-linked attacks and other seaborne crimes including drugs and arms trafficking.

The CS said the few incidences of insecurity were being experienced in some parts of the country and urged the political class to engage in constructive campaigns and conversations that will drive the country forward instead of fuelling violence.

The CS urged coast leaders to exercise caution in their political pronouncements to ensure the region that has experienced incidences of ethnic-based tensions in past elections remains peaceful.

Lamu, Kenya’s coastal town has suffered the brunt of attacks from Somalia-based militant group Al-Shabaab which has resulted in the loss of lives and disrupted economic activities and education in some areas.