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September 26, 2017

Uhuru breathes fire in Lamu, says state will finish al Shabaab

President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives for his Mpeketoni rally at Uhuru Gardens, July 17, 2017. /CHETI PARAXIDES
President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives for his Mpeketoni rally at Uhuru Gardens, July 17, 2017. /CHETI PARAXIDES

The government will deal with al Shabaab like they are dealing with police and Kenyans, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said, following the spate of attacks in Lamu county.

Lamu has experienced increased attacks by the Somali militant group over the last month.

On July 5, the militants engaged in a day-long battle with Kenyan security forces in Boni forest.

A day later, the terrorists abducted Public Works PS Mariam El Maawy and five others at Milihoi area on Lamu-Mpeketoni highway at about 3pm. They were driven into Boni Forest.

More on this: Al Shabaab shot PS El-Maawy in chest, fractured her hand - police report

Uhuru condemned the attack saying the government will not tolerate them.

"If they kill our police and our people, we shall do exactly that. We will deal with them in the same manner. No one has the right to take lives apart from God. We will finish them. The only way to put out fire its by fire," he said on Monday.

The President asked residents of Mpeketoni and other areas considered insecure to move to safer areas to pave way for security forces to deal with the al Shabaab.

Already, tens of non-locals have been evacuated from Jima, Lamu County after at least six people were massacred by al-Shabaab militants last Friday.

The President told residents there is a need for people to move out of their homes to areas where it will be easy for police to protect them.

"You can go back later when things are okay," he said at a rally in Uhuru Gardens, Mpeketoni.

Uhuru also asked residents to share information with security forces to help in the war on terror.

Coast regional coordinator Nelson Marwa has implicated a section of Lamu politicians to the attacks in the county.

He said the plan is to create a situation of insecurity so that locals flee and fail to vote in the August 8 general election.

The official said it is also clear that only persons and places affiliated to the Jubilee Party were been targeted by the terror attacks.

Marwa said the incidents in Poromoko, Pandanguo, and Jima areas are part of the strategy to scare voters.

Acting Interior CS Fred Matiang'i imposed a three month curfew in Lamu and two other counties.

More on this: Al Shabaab attacks in Lamu are political, says Marwa

Also read: We're not behind terror, Lamu MCA tells 'incompetent' Marwa

Regarding the election that is 22 days away, Uhuru told the people to vote for Jubilee, saying his administration has delivered a lot for the few years they have been in power.

"[Opposition leader] Raila Odinga has been in power before. Did he put up even a toilet for you? The same applies to others in his camp. What is it they want to offer Kenyans that they didn't do when they were in government?

"With Jubilee you can be sure that we shall deliver even more than we have."

Uhuru drummed support for Jubilee governor aspirant Fahima Twaha, and told locals to ensure the party grabs all the electoral slots in the August 8 polls.

DP William Ruto expressed confidence that Jubilee will win since they have delivered on their promises.

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