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Lamu curfew an act of economic sabotage

23 September 2014, 16:11 Ken Wekesa

Lamu - Lamu residents have opposed the extension of the ongoing curfew in the County by the Inspector General of police, David Kimayo terming it an economic sabotage.

Lamu Governor, Issa Timammy faulted Kimayo's decision to extend the curfew without accessing the situation on the ground saying it has destroyed the economy of the County.

“The fishing communities in this region have been locked out of business. The same has affected tourism sector which blossoms at night,” Timammy said.

Timammy said the curfew should only be imposed on the area affected by the clashes that left over 90 people dead and thousands displaced in June.

“Police should now focus on the areas that were hit by the attacks and allow Lamu people to resume their normal lives that had been affected by the curfew,” said Timammy.

The Governor's sentiments were also echoed by hoteliers in the region who said that many hotels have been forced to close down due to lack of customers.

It is alleged that over 200 people have been left jobless in the hotel industry as the number of tourist visiting the region fell due to the ongoing security concerns.

Lamu County Commissioner, Njenga Miiri has called for full cooperation from the residents on the curfew extension saying that it is for their own good.

“The curfew has helped us to improve security in the region; we call for cooperation as we are resolving the situation,” said Miiri.

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