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Kimaiyo out of his depth in Lamu, says Raila

23 October 2014, 17:21 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - CORD leader Raila Odinga has called on Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo to end the ongoing curfew saying it is affecting the region negatively.

The CORD leader says that the curfew is backward, primitive and an indicator of poor planning by the police boss.

He says that the area has been affected negatively by the order and that a change in heart from the police over the matter is long overdue.

" It is time the curfew is ended and I hope soon," he said.

" I think that it has lasted too long and I do not see what purpose it wants to achieve four months later that it has not yet achieved to this point," he added.

The IG on Wednesday extended the curfew to November, saying that it was necessary to ensure ongoing security operations are not ended prematurely but Raila says that the move is totally killing the area.

Read also: Lamu Sea Port project set to begin in December

" The economic activity in the area is dying and suffering as a result of the curfew and even the area residents are now frustrated. The Police must heed the people and listen to their concerns".

He also said that the CORD coalition will look to legal means if the curfew is not lifted soon.

" If the curfew is not lifted in the next few days, we will join hands with the leadership of Lamu and seek legal means to force the government to lift it."

The Law Society of Kenya has already said it will go to court to contest the curfew.

The curfew has been put in place to stem violence that emanated from attacks in Mpeketoni where over 100 people were killed.

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