, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 17 – Top administrators in Lamu and police chiefs have been transferred following the attack in Mpeketoni that has left over 60 people dead since Sunday.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku 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.
“We want to tell all Kenyans that this is something that is being arranged throughout that the whole country so as to ensure that Kenyans are fighting among themselves. Us peace loving Kenyans should stop fighting among ourselves. We cannot continue to employ our usual courtesy in times of war,” he stated.
“Security of our country supersedes everything. Everything is secondary to the security of this country. That is the position. That is how we will move forward until our country is secure but we call upon all Kenyans of good will to come forward and stand up for their country.”
CORD leaders have been criss-crossing the country in what they term as ‘dialogue’ meetings in a bid to force the Government into a national dialogue conference.
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga had warned of a storm if the Government fails to initiate dialogue before their main meeting on July 7, famously known as Saba Saba.
Police believe most of those who died during the incident were shot and bled to death in their houses as they could not venture out to seek medical assistance after the gunfire raged for more than four hours on Sunday night.
The attack occurred when eight gunmen hijacked two vans at Witu and commandeered the driver to Mpeketoni where they opened fire indiscriminately at anyone they came across.
It is believed they were joined by their accomplices who were already in the town because witnesses said they saw more than 50 attackers.
Areas affected were Mpeketoni Police station, two hotels, a bank and a fuel station-with some facilities burnt down.