Lamu receives more police officers ahead of August elections


Lamu, KENYA: Lamu county has received additional security officers to help secure the county ahead of the forthcoming August 8 general elections.

Lamu is among counties listed by Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa as possible hot spots for poll violence.

The county administration has however assured locals of adequate security measures during campaigns, before and after the elections.

Speaking during a meeting between security officers and the public at the Mwana Arafa hotel in Lamu on Monday, County police commander Muchangi Kioi said they had received enough police officers who have already been posted all over the county to ensure the campaign period and the elections progress smoothly and peacefully.

The commander said police patrols have also been increased all over the county and at all locations used for political rallies.

Kioi said police patrols have also been increased on the Lamu-Somalia border to ensure Alshabaab militants don’t interfere with the campaigns or with the forthcoming elections.

He warned politicians who have plans of inciting the public, causing tension or disrupting normalcy and said police were ready to deal with such.

The county commander also warned youth to take all necessary precaution and avoid being used and misused by politicians who want to achieve personal and selfish political gains during campaigns and the election period.

“We have enough officers who have already been spread all across the county.We are taking all measures to ensure there is peace and tranquility before,during and after elections.We are warning politicians who are good at inciting and youth who are easy to be misled.We have our borders secured and as it is we are good to go,” said Kioi.

Other counties listed at possible hot spots for poll violence are TanaRiver and Kilifi.