Uhuru’s statement on attacks in Lamu County

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Fellow Kenyans,

In the last 48 hours, more than 50 Kenyans were murdered as they went about their normal daily activities by criminals in Lamu County.

On my behalf and that of the Government and the People of Kenya, I express my deepest sympathy to the families who lost their loved ones, as well as those who were affected by the unjustifiable and barbaric attack.

I cannot find words to adequately express my shock and outrage at the tragedy of this brutal and heinous crime.

My Government stands in solidarity with everyone affected by this tragedy: the bereaved and those injured, physically and psychologically.

The Government will meet the funeral expenses of the sadly departed compatriots and give them a dignified send-off.

We will ensure that the injured receive the required medical attention.

I wish them speedy recovery and resumption of their normal life.

To those that lost their properties, the government will stand with you in their reconstruction.

Fellow Kenyans,

We are all hurting. Many of us are angry. I share and understand your feelings, and wish to state as follows:

We live at a time when our people are vulnerable to reckless leaders and hate-mongers, who manipulate them, to create hate, intolerance and fanaticism.

This makes them easy prey to radicalization and crime. Reckless leaders propagate the unlawful message that some are more or less Kenyan than others.

Dangerous leaders preach the insidious message that some people are holy whilst others are evil.

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