Lamu, KENYA: Chiefs in Lamu county have been asked to keep a close eye on and thoroughly scrutinize all herders coming into the county from other counties during this drought period.
Lamu county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri has also directed the chiefs to write down all identification details of all new and foreign herders and have their movements keenly monitored before finally allowing them to stay in the county.
Speaking in Mokowe when he met all county administrators including chiefs and assistant county commissioners ,Kanyiri said the move was crucial in helping contain and manage the security situation in Lamu.
He said proper identification of all herders coming into the county will greatly help to identify terrorists and other criminals posing as herders in order to gain entry into Lamu.
Kanyiri asked the administrators to promptly report to the police if and when they find or identify individuals whose intention is suspicious or unknown.
“We already have over 200,000 heads of livestock from outside. We understand that in such situations other individuals including terrorists and criminals will want to take advantage to do their worst and that’s why we are mandating the chiefs to be on the lookout for suspicious herders,”said Kanyiri.
He also urged the chiefs to embrace and make use of the Nyumba Kumi initiative as one way to also tackle the issue of insecurity.
The county commissioner has also appealed for cooperation between locals and police.
“We have increased the number of security officers and police and military vehicles in order to ensue security of people and property,”he said.