Lamu, KENYA: The national government plans to deploy 20 Kenya Police Reservists-KPR to every village where the Linda Boni Security Operation in Lamu is being conducted.
The villages are among others Pandanguo, Jima, Nyongoro, Kaisari, Nyatha, Milimani, Basuba, Mangai, Mararani, Kiangwe, Bodhei and areas along the Lamu-Somali border.
Speaking in Hindi town on Thursday, Linda Boni Operation Director James Serian said bigger and more largely populated villages will receive 40 KPR officers.
Serian said the move is aimed at enhancing security in the respective villages to enable people live without fear or tension.
He said the government will soon arm all the KPR officers in the county with modern guns and other items to enable them effectively deal with crime and insecurity.
Serian also said the national government will also ensure that all schools that have been closed down owing to security concerns, are re-opened by January next year so that children from the affected Boni community can also go on with learning.
For the last two years schools in Basuba ward in Lamu East have remained closed due to insecurity with teachers fleeing the area.
“The plan is to ensure every village in the Linda Boni operation zone is well secured.Our forces are still continuing with the operation but we still feel there is need to deploy at least 20 KPR officers in all villages so that they can work with our forces to ensure security.We are also in talks with the education Ministry to see to it that schools in Basuba re-open by January,”said Serian.
Early this year the national government also deployed over 500 KPR officers to the Linda Boni Security areas in Lamu,Tan River and Garissa.
Serian noted that since the security operation began on eyear ago,calm has been restored since security forces had succeeded in flushing out Alshabaab militants and containing hotspots that had been turned into hideouts by the militants.