President Uhuru kicks off Lamu, Tana River, Kilifi campaign tour

President Uhuru Kenyatta waves to Hola residents when he arrived in the region for a past public rally. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Lamu, KENYA: President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto are today touring Lamu County where they are set to address two public rallies both in Lamu East and West.

The duo wills start off with a rally in Kizingitini in Lamu East in the morning before winding up with another one in Mpeketoni town in Lamu West in the afternoon.

The tour comes in the wake of visible insecurity in the county caused by Alshabaab militants who have left over 30 people dead in the last one month alone.

The recent terror incident was the abduction of Public Works PS Marima El Maawy at Milihoi area along the Lamu-Mpeketoni highway on Thursday last week.

The other attacks took place in Baure,Mararani,Pandanguo,Jima and Poromoko areas.

The president is expected to highlight his views on the state of insecurity in the county and how the situation is going to be kept under control.

With only 22 days to the general elections,the duo is also expected to drum up support for the Jubilee party ahead of the polls.

A statement from statehouse said the head of state and his deputy will then proceed to Garsen in Tana River before concluding their tour which is also expected to be the last coastal tour to the elections in Ganze and Mariakani in Kilifi County.

Meanwhile, Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa has cautioned politicians from Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Tana River not to set foot in Lamu until the forthcoming general elections are over.

Speaking in Lamu on Sunday,Marwa insinuated that there was a a close link between Lamu and Mombasa in as far as terrorism activities are concerned.

Marwa cited the Mpeketoni terror attacks that took place in the county in 2014 and left over 90 people dead were planned in Mombasa.

He said his office was keeping a close watch on activities of all politicians in the aforementioned counties and that any dirty politics that leads to deaths and disrupts the peace of the coastal region shall not be tolerated no matter the stature of the person concerned.