Security has been boasted in Lamu as Muslims join their counterparts all over the world in marking Idd-Ul-Addah on Thursday.
There has been increased security patrols in various parts including major town centres, roads and also on the waters.
Addressing the public at Mkunguni Square on Thursday, Lamu county commissioner Fredrick Ndambuki said there would be a 24 hour surveillance on all public places including mosques to ensure the celebrations go undisturbed.
He assured locals and visitors that their safety was guaranteed and said security patrols had also been placed in villages.
He called for vigilance and asked locals to report any suspicious persons or situations they might notice.
“I want to wish all Muslims happy Idd celebrations. We however want to ensure all that security is at its highest and there is no need for anyone to be alarmed. We are having all public places including mosques guarded 24 hours round the clock. We however call for vigilance and people to report any unusual faces” said Ndambuki.
Locals who spoke to BARAKA FM said they would use this year’s celebrations to preach cohesion and cooperation and to preach the spirit of sharing.
“Let’s remember the less fortunate and share the little we have. Lets also pray for the country especially the issue of teachers and insecurity,”said Bingwa Omar.
In Lamu,the celebrations are being marked in the wake of an ongoing security operation dubbed Linda Boni which is meant to hunt down Alshabaab militants said to be hiding deep in the Boni forest.