In Summary
  • He said Ms El Maawy is a daughter of Lamu and her only mistake could have been issuing title deeds to locals.
  • The President assured Kenyans of security ahead of the general election.
  • The Head of State, who is on a  tour of Coast counties, also issued 1,100 title deeds to Kizingitini residents.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared a major security operation to wipe out Al-Shabaab.

Speaking on Monday at Kizingitini in Lamu County, the President ordered that the terrorists be killed and buried.

“We shall finish them,” he said of the terrorists who have turned Boni Forest into a playground,  attacking and killing locals before retreating there.

A visibly angry President also implied that Public Works Principal Secretary Mariam El Maawy, who was last week abducted, shot and injured by the terrorists, could have been targeted for issuing title deeds to locals.


Ms Maawy was rescued by Kenya Defence Forces after the militants took control of her vehicle before killing her bodyguard, driver and nephew. Two other people were also killed.

President Kenyatta, who was accompanied by his deputy William Ruto, said he was certain that the insurgents, who have been killing and maiming locals would be found.

“When we get them, we will not jail but bury them,” the President said.

He said Ms  Maawy was a daughter of Lamu and her only mistake could have been issuing title deeds to locals.


Ms Maawy, who held the Lands docket before being moved to Public Works, was shot in the hand and legs and is recuperating in hospital.

President Kenyatta said no one has a right to take other people’s lives or cause fear. He also cautioned locals against hiding the militants.

Speaking later in the volatile Mpeketoni, President Kenyatta called on locals living in areas prone to Al-Shabaab attacks to vacate and pave way for security agencies to flush out the militants.

Mpeketoni lies just 13km from Milihoi where the insurgents abducted Ms Maawy in a daring 3pm raid.

The militants had killed 13 people in Jima and Pandaguo a week earlier. 


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