Police officers ditch guns to clean up Lamu beaches

Police officers ditch guns to clean up Lamu beaches

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Lamu,KENYA:Lamu residents have been urged to make use of bins that have been strategically placed along the sea fronts in order to maintain cleanliness.

Speaking on Sunday while leading a cleaning exercise, Lamu County Commissioner Mr.Joseph Kanyiri said the move is aimed at maintaining cleanliness of the beaches as the December festivities.

He together with County Police Coordinating Commander, Abdullahi Adan led junior officers including the Kenya Police, Administration Police, NYS and locals in collecting plastics and other non-biodegradable waste along the Lamu Tourist town beaches. The officers cleaned up the Mkomani,Shella,Langoni and Wiyoni beaches.

Mr. Kanyiri also warned those who dump all manner of dirt in the ocean and on the beaches of dire consequences including arrests and prosecution.

He said it was unfortunate that people have been dumping dirt including plastic bottles and bags in the ocean without even thinking about the effects of such dirt on marine life.

“We are in talks with the county government so that we can have such clean up exercise at least once each month. We want locals to be on the forefront in ensuring the beaches stay clean. Make use of the bins placed all over by the county government. There is need for the beaches to stay clean so as to attract more tourists to this town,”said Kanyiri.

Meanwhile Lamu county health executive Mohamed Kombo said the county was  in the process of formulating legislations that will help in the preservation of beaches and the environment in general.