, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 20 – Seven police officers were on Friday promoted to various ranks for their commendable job during the Sunday attacks in Mpeketoni which left 60 people dead.
The Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo in liaison with the National Police Service Commission promoted the officers for their devotion and commitment in battling the heavily armed attackers.
Addressing the officers, Kimaiyo asked police to be up to the task in ensuring safety of the public.
He called on chiefs in the area to enhance community policing which is currently being implemented under the Nyumba Kumi initiative.
The IG also called on local leaders to preach peace and harmony.
Top administrators in Lamu and police chiefs have since been transferred following the attack in the area.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku had explained that the changes were necessary to restore order in the county.
“As Kenyans you must help us because these people have not come from outside. They are within us. Unless you tell us who they are, we will not know. Of course, there is already a new District Commissioner, a new DO and the Inspector General has requested a new County Commander. We have a new team in Lamu County because it cannot continue to be business as usual,” the CS said.
Lenku further indicated that the killings in Mpeketoni are a confirmation of community mobilisation following incitement by political leaders who have been holding rallies across the country.
“As Kenyans, you too have to resolve to let us know that you have made us aware of all those criminals who are within you midst. So without quarrelling or blame games, let us go back to work. We are going to tour the area where the incident took place, we are also hearing other things that are happening but we are going to get to the bottom of this,” he said.
He urged all Kenyans to maintain peace and not to think along tribal lines as this is the root cause of conflict which may destabilise the country.