Timamy accuses politicians of using youths to cause chaos in Lamu

Lamu governor Issa Timamy after he was crowned an elder in Witu.PHOTO: NATASHA NEMA.

Lamu, KENYA: Lamu governor Issa Timamy has accused a section of politicians in the area of planning to use youth to cause chaos and unrest in the county during and after the August 8 general elections.

Speaking when he launched a land survey in Witu town on Monday,Timamy said the politicians who planned to cause chaos were already known by the county security office.

He said Lamu has never experienced political chaos and warned those who would attempt to plunge the region into chaos of dire consequences.

“I very well understand that some of the politicians have planned very well on how they will use our local youth to cause chaos during elections.Thats very unfortunate but fortunately,the police already know them.” Said Timamy.

The governor also warned politicians to carefully choose and sift through words whenever they get up on podiums to address voters, adding that careless words and unwarranted comments could easily stir up trouble.

He also called upon locals to choose carefully which politician to listen to and walk away from anyone who preaches divisive and hate politics.

The governor also voiced his opposition to the announcement that Lamu is among counties marked as hotspots likely to experience poll chaos and said the county is one of the most peaceful.

Recently,Coast coordinator Nelson Marwa listed Lamu alongside Kilifi and Tana River as potential hot spots that could experience poll violence at the coast during the elections.

The county security has however assured of adequate security during and after the elections.

Lamu county commissioner Joseph Kanyiri said they had already received additional officers who have already been spread all across Lamu to ensure the political campaigns and the elections progress peacefully.

Kanyiri said politicians found inciting the public will be promptly arrested and prosecuted for breach of peace.