In Summary
  • The most recent attack was on Thursday last week where a Toyota Prado carrying Public Works Principal Secretary Mariam El Maawy was hijacked by over 30 armed militants at Milihoi on the Mpeketoni-Lamu highway.
  • Mr Marwa specifically said the recent abduction of PS El Maawy by terrorists at Milihoi as she headed to Witu to visit families living in camps was politically instigated.
  • He directed police officers to have all persons entering and leaving Lamu town to be thoroughly frisked before being allowed to continue to their destinations.

Coast Regional Coordinator Nelson Marwa has accused Lamu politicians for funding Al-Shabaab terrorists and subsequent attacks in the County.

For the past two weeks over 30 people including security officers have been killed by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in various parts of Lamu.

The most recent attack was on Thursday last week where a Toyota Prado carrying Public Works Principal Secretary Mariam El Maawy was hijacked by over 30 armed militants at Milihoi on the Mpeketoni-Lamu highway.

During the incident, five occupants in the vehicle including Ms El Maawy’s nephew Arif Kassim Athman were killed while he PS was seriously injured.

JUBILEE FRIENDLY

But addressing journalists in Lamu town over the weekend, an agitated Marwa implicated some politicians in the region, saying they were behind the attacks in Lamu and parts of Tana River.

Mr Marwa specifically said the recent abduction of PS El Maawy by terrorists at Milihoi as she headed to Witu to visit families living in camps was politically instigated.

He said some politicians in Lamu and Tana River have devised ways of financing terror groups with intention to create insecurity so that locals would flee and fail to vote in the forthcoming elections.

He said it was also clear that only persons and places affiliated to the Jubilee Party were being targeted by the terror attacks in Lamu.

SCARE VOTERS

He said the recent terror incidents in Poromoko, Pandanguo, Jima and at Milihoi were merely political strategies by those who plan to scare voters from participating in the General Election.

“We are very much aware that some youth in this county and those who have crossed to Somalia and then returned are being financed by politicians in the forest.

“They sustain them by giving them food, clothing, water and sponsor them with guns. They are the ones directing them to attack innocent citizens in order to scare away residents.

“We must put these answers on the table folks. Let us not bury our heads in the sand no matter who is involved. That’s the position of the government,” said Mr Marwa.

WELL PLANNED

He added: “So if you are in government, whether national or county and you are in the system of financing terrorism because of the August 8 General Election, I think your chances are very limited. “We are warning that the government is aware of silly mechanism to disturb citizens living in this county for political gains.”

He said, some politicians had calculated such evil moves in order to create disharmony in some communities around Lamu and even target security apparatus to create fear among locals as the August 8 polls near.

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