Lamu leaders condemn Joho Mpeketoni attack, culprits to be prosecuted

Joho and the ODM team in Mpeketoni where they were heckled by residents. FILE/ PHOTO.

Lamu, KENYA: Lamu county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri and county governor Issa Timamy have condemned last Saturday’s Mpeketoni incident where ODM party officials led by Mombasa governor Hassan Joho were attacked by rowdy youths who pelted them with mangoes forcing them to stop their rally in the town.

Speaking in Lamu on Monday,the two leaders called for tolerance and calm from all residents during this campaign period leading to the general elections.

Kanyiri said he had already directed police to investigate the incident and warned that all those found culpable shall be prosecuted.

He warned politicians against making inflammatory remarks during their campaign rallies saying such would be arrested.

Kanyiri also said there was need for politicians to seek clearance from the county security office in Lamu before holding any rallies in order to ensure adequate security measures are made.

“I am not impressed by what happened last Saturday in Mpeketoni. We won’t tolerate any disturbances to peace;politicians must seek clearance with my office so that we ensure they have enough security for their rallies,” said Kanyiri.

Timamy on his part urged locals to beware and steer clear from leaders and politicians who want to spread hateful and divisive campaign messages.

Timamy also urged his fellow politicians to watch their words whenever they climb podiums to address people.

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