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Top security officials visits Lamu following series of killings

[From close left; Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiangi, Lamu Senator Anuwar Loitiptip and Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha. Photo/Courtesy].

Top security details are visiting Lamu county following unending killings and torching of houses is various parts of the county.

On Sunday, Coast Regional Commissioner John Elungata chaired several security meetings in Widhu in Mpeketoni and Bobo in Hindi within the County where attacks, killings and destruction of property have been witnessed.

The decision has been arrived at after a meeting between Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiangi and Lamu County leaders.

During the meeting, Matiangi issued a stern warning to politicians whom he accused of inciting locals.

However, Lamu Senator Anuwar Loitiptip stated some of the contributing factors to the perennial insecurity in the county, one being chronic land issues.

Mr Loitiptip said that land grabbing has been one of the contributing factors that needs an urgent address.

“The government should respond by sending land surveyors to demarcate parcels of land under disputes so that locals can get title deeds,” He said.

It was earlier reported that the LAPSSET project has played a major catalyst in the Lamu insecurity with rights activists demanding a solution to the problem.

Led by activist Muthoni Marubu, the locals say some people have grabbed their ancestral lands and acquired title deeds while the native land owners are living as squatters.

Marubu’s sentiments were echoed by Human rights defender Yunus Is’hakia Ahmed who reiterated that Lamu dwellers are living in fear following the recent killings and destruction of property in the county.

“Whether it’s Al-shabab, politicians or funded criminal outfits, we have security intelligence and other qualified security details, we demand nothing less than a tangible solution to insecurity issues in Lamu county,” Said Ahmed.

Meanwhile Loitiptip has appealed for concerted efforts in tackling insecurity issue in the county.

“There is no two way about it, we need an amicably solution to the acute land problem in Lamu county,” Insisted Mr Loitiptip.

The Lamu Senator also called on security apparatus in the county to strive in quelling the perennial insecurity.

In the meeting that was chaired by CS Matiangi, and attended by Loitiptip, Lamu Governor Fahim Twaha, Lamu Woman representative Ruweida Obo, Lamu West MP Stanley Muthama among other top security officials, it was agreed that issuance of title deeds to Lamu residents begin immediately.

It was also agreed that proper plans be initiated to equip police reservists so that they help in containing insecurity in the county.

The Lamu leaders also demanded that terrorism and general security issues be prioritised by the National government.

So far 11 people including four GSU officers have been killed and several houses torched.

“We will be conducting regular deliberations on lands and security issues in Lamu so that we track the efforts being employed by the government to tame insecurity in our county,” Noted Loitiptip.