Lenku blames Mpeketoni raid on incitement
Interior Secretary Joseph ole Lenku has blamed Sunday night’s attack in Mpeketoni, Lamu, on political incitement. Fourty-eight people were killed during the raid.
Lenku said the national government will act decisively on the perpetrators. He was accompanied by Interior PS Mutea Iringo, Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo and CID director Ndegwa Muhoro.
Lenku said the national government will “deal with political incitement”. “Recently I issued a caution to the effect that there is a line beyond which nobody should cross.
This red-line has now been crossed. Those engaging in incitement of the public will be firmly dealt with in accordance with the law. I wish to assure the country of the government’s commitment to deal with political incitement and caution leaders inciting the public to desist from destructive politics and ethnic profiling,” ole Lenku said at a Harambee House press conference yesterday.
The statement came shortly after the team returned from a meeting of the National Security Advisory Committee at State House. On Sunday night at about 9pm, armed militia attacked Mpeketoni and Kibaoni towns in Lamu county and killed 56 people, burnt 20 vehicles and destroyed property.
Lenku said security services were mobilised and after a fierce exchange of fire, the bandits fled into the Boni Forest.