Uhuru’s statement on attacks in Lamu County

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Kenyans and the Government in particular, have, over the last several weeks, observed frenzied political rhetoric laced with ethnic profiling of some Kenyan communities and obvious acts of incitement to lawlessness and possible violence.

The inciters have also given examples of other countries where thousands of citizens have died and been maimed in similar circumstances.

This rhetoric is unacceptable and will not be condoned.

My Deputy and I undertook to make sure that the country will never go the route of ethnic division and political violence.

I reiterate that Kenya will not go that route again! We will not allow Kenya to go down this violent path again.

To these political actors, I relay to you the disappointment of the people of this country, in those who think that leadership is a sport.

Those of you given to ill-thought, intemperate and reckless speech and conduct are now on notice: there will be accountability in accordance with the law.

Reckless rhetoric, incitement and negative propaganda do not constitute responsible leadership. They will not be tolerated.

Those unwilling to work to unite Kenyans will not have the space to divide them.

There is no constitutional protection for hate speech, incitement and other abuses of free speech.

I call on every Kenyan to do their part fully in ensuring that no crime succeeds due to failure on their part.

To wananchi, I urge each of you to stay vigilant. Know everything going on around you.

Do not speculate or hesitate. Report anything that strikes you as odd, and let the security services take the appropriate action. I also urge you not to take the law into your hands.

Fellow Kenyans, I am satisfied that for the most part, our security agencies have performed well and thwarted innumerable terrorist and other criminal conspiracies and attempts.

Security is a vital national requirement; everyone living in Kenya has a right to expect the security of their persons and property as well as those of their loved ones.

Fellow Kenyans,

We have been victims of terrorism in the past and the threat of terror continues to hang over us.

Fellow Kenyans, As we mourn the dead, condole with the bereaved and comfort the injured, I ask every one of us to reflect deeply on what each must do to keep our country safe, and to be our brother’s and sister’s keeper.

I also urge every Kenyan to revisit our core values and remember who we are.

Fear and helplessness are not, and will never be our way of life.

Together, we shall grow and keep rising. Let us not give space for those who want us to be afraid, or divided.

I also take this opportunity to assure every Kenyan that no matter the challenges assailing us, my Government stands with the people and works for all Kenyans wherever they are.

God bless you all.

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