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Monday, July 24, 2017

MP calls for tight security to avert Lamu violence

Lamu West Mp Julius Ndegwa./MONICAH MWANGI
Lamu West Mp Julius Ndegwa./MONICAH MWANGI

Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa yesterday asked the government to heighten security in Mpeketoni ahead of the August elections, saying politicians are plotting tribal clashes.

The brutal June 2014 massacre claimed 60 lives.

Ndegwa said the chaotic Friday ODM rally led by deputy leader Hassan Joho in Mpeketoni has threatened the healing and reconciliation process.

Joho and his ODM brigade encountered resistance in Mpeketoni during their rallies in six Coast counties. They scampered for safety after rowdy youth hurled stones and mangoes at them.

Joho, also Mombasa Governor, led his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi and Taita Taveta’s John Mruttu during the rallies.

They were with MPs Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita), Rashid Bedzimba (Kisauni), Thomas Mwadeghu (Wundanyi), Mishi Mboko (Mombasa woman representative), Willy Mtengo (Malindi) and politician Rishad Amana, who wants to unseat Ndegwa.

“Politicians should avoid intolerant language, hate speech or inflammatory utterances because this can contribute to violence,” Ndegwa said. He added that the government’s provision of security in Lamu will build public confidence and avert any possible pre- and post-election clashes.

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