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Lamu OCPD dies

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Lamu West OCPD Dr. Samuel Nyawa Mrinzi is dead.

The news of his demise was made public by the Lamu West OCS Mohammed Bocha.

According to Mr. Bocha, Reverend Mrinzi showed Covid-19 related complications and he was rushed to the Coast General Teaching and Referral hospital in Mombasa.

“He had been receiving treatment in the emergency care unit of the hospital until Sunday morning when he succumbed,” said Bocha.

He said Mrinzi who was also a renowned Evangelist in Lamu county had transformed the security status of the areas under his jurisdiction among them Witu, Mpeketoni, Hindi and the entire Mokowe area.

“Reverend Mrinzi had served at Changamwe police station in Mombasa as the Deputy OCPD before he was transferred to Lamu early June, 2021,” Noted the OCS.

Bocha said the hardworking police officer had served Lamu County for just two months before his demise.

Bocha said he had contacted Mrinzi’s family and other close family members for burial plans.

The OCPD is being mourned by Lamu religious, community, youth leaders and human rights defenders.

Muslim cleric, Sheikh Mohammed Abdulkadir termed Mrinzi’s death as a major blow to efforts of bridging the gap between police and the Lamu Community.

“Reverend Mrinzi came to Lamu with a fresh approach on how the community can work well with police to improve on the County’s security,” He said.

Sheikh Abdulkadir added that the communal approach has improved the area’s security with locals, the youth and religious leaders freely working together in flushing out criminals in the area.

“Dr Mrinzi was our security and community Icon, however, we thank Allah (God) for the Short time we spent with him in restructuring the security processes in Lamu West,” Reiterated the Muslim cleric.

His sentiments were backed by Lamu Justice Network Executive Director Yunus Is’hakia Ahmed.

Ahmed said already the human rights defenders together with Mr Mrinzi and Lamu Youth Assembly President Mr Habib Ali Shee had planned for a series of youth forums in a bid to fight violent extremism in the County.

(Lamu Justice Network Executive Director Yunus Is’hakia Ahmed. Photo/Ahmed Omar)

“We have to accept that Reverend Mrinzi is no more, and we hope that his short legacy and fresh approach to security issues in Lamu will live on,” Disclosed the vocal Lamu based rights defender and youth activist.

The late Lamu OCPD will be laid to rest at his Kinango home in Kwale County at a later date.