, NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 30 – Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo on Thursday said the curfew in Lamu will not be lifted despite protests from locals, the Law Society of Kenya and religious leaders.
Kimaiyo said police were acting on intelligence reports that indicate that there are still security threats in the county.
The Inspector General who was speaking in Malindi however said residents, especially fishermen can make arrangements with the security committee to continue with their economic activities at night.
“Once we have been guaranteed that the threat is no more, definitely there is no cause for us to continue having the curfew,” he stated.
“It will be lifted depending on the security on the ground; whether we shall select the island or the mainland that depends on the security situation prevailing… it will be determined by the situation on the ground.”
Kimaiyo also held a meeting with senior police officers from Lamu that had been hit by a series of attacks since mid-June which had fuelled divisions in the coast region blamed on radicalisation, ethnic tensions and land disputes.
Somalia’s Al-Qaeda linked Shabaab have claimed responsibility for some of the attacks, saying they were in retaliation to the continued presence of Kenya’s military in their lawless country.
However, police and government officials have blamed the Mombasa Republican Council (MRC), a group that campaigns for independence of the coastal region.
Some of the suspects accused of the killings have been charged in court, although some were set free due to lack of evidence to sustain the charges.
Meanwhile, the National Police Service commission has appointed senior police officers to newly established ranks.
The commission’s Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi says all 198 senior officers from both Administration and Regular Police who have undergone gone vetting and approved have been considered in the new appointments.
Kavuludi said the officers will get official communication about their new ranks and their responsibilities in line with the restructuring of the police service.
He says the restructuring is aimed at transforming the police service and ensure all units work together in coordinating security affairs in the country.