Lamu island secured as cultural fete kicks off

Lamu island secured as cultural fete kicks off

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Donkey riders during a past Lamu festival event. PHOTO/FILE.

Lamu, KENYA: A considerable amount of security officers have been deployed to Lamu island as the 16th edition of the annual Lamu Cultural Festival kicks off in a move to ensure visitors are well protected as they mark the fete.

This year’s cultural festival kicks off on November 10 up to Sunday November 13.

Speaking in his Lamu office on Thursday ,Lamu County commissioner Joseph Kanyiri assured all guests coming for festivities the fest of adequate security and said there was no cause for concern and added that police and military personnel were manning all locations and were highly vigilant.

“We have enough officers manning our roads,forest,air and sea.the roadblocks into the county have also been increased to ensure the festivities proceed undisrupted,”said Kanyiri.

Kanyiri has assured of a 24 hour security surveillance on all entertainment joints, churches,mosques and other institutions.

Thousands of visitors are expected to throng the island for the festivities with the Organizing committee projecting the numbers at over 50,000.

Kanyiri has however appealed to locals to cooperate with the security officers in ensuring peace prevails throughout the event and be ready to report any suspicious persons or activities which they feel might jeopardize the security of the county or that of guests at the festival.

“We have mobilized all resources in ensuring peace prevails during and even after the festival. The citizens also still have a duty to play in ensuring our personal security and that of the entire county. We must keep vigilant and let the police know immediately you spot someone or a suspicious activity so that we can have it checked out as we celebrate the cultural festival,”said Kanyiri.

Lamu old town boasts of being a rich reservoir of cultures that depict the lives of Africans, Arabs and Indians who occupied the region in past decades and also showcases the types of trades they engaged in.

Apart from culture, the event will also witness various competitions in swimming, donkey races, drawing, cookery, poems and much more.

Over 30,000 visitors both local and foreign are expected in the county to witness an array of culture celebrations marked by the Lamu people.