In Summary
  • A total of 2,150 IDPs are currently putting up at the Katsaka Kairu camp while others are the AIC church in Witu town.
  • Mr Kitiyo called on the IDPs to be patient and wait for permission from the security agencies before they go back to their homes.
  • The IDPs want the government to act fast since they feel the camps are hindering their freedom to pursue their independent lives.

Lamu County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo has cautioned people living in various IDP camps in the county to resist the urge to secretly go back to their homes.

According to Mr Gilbert Kitiyo, the four men who were recently beheaded by suspected Al-Shabaab militants at Maleli in Lamu West had left the camp without permission from security forces and gone to guard their farms when they met their fate.

His sentiments come at a time when most of the IDPs are getting restless and complaining about the living standards in the camps.

Most of them have school-going children and they are missing out on learning.

They also say life in the IDP camps has become unbearable since there is constant shortage of food and water.


The IDPs, mostly from Jima, Poromoko, Kakathe, Maleli, Pandanguo and Nyongoro fled their homes following a spate of Al-Shabaab attacks in their villages that left over 20 people, including security officers, dead between June and July this year.

This forced the government in early July to direct villagers closer to Boni Forest to move to IDP camps in order to give way for the Linda Boni multi-agency security operation to flush out Al-Shabaab militants who continue to wreak havoc in many parts of the county.

A total of 2,150 IDPs are currently putting up at the Katsaka Kairu camp while others are at another camp situated in the AIC Church in Witu Town.

Addressing journalists in Lamu on Sunday, Mr Kitiyo said it was dangerous for the IDPs to leave the camps before being granted permission by the security and before being given an update on the security situation in their villages where a security operation is currently underway.


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