Lamu residents live in fear of police after curfew protest
30 October 2014, 14:04
Nairobi - Lamu residents are living in fear of police harassment following the recent protest over the ongoing curfew in the region.
Residents in the region, earlier this week protested the extended curfew effected by Police boss David Kimaiyo, saying it was affecting their lives in a negative manner.
They also lamented the fact that police were not producing the so called suspects they are searching for and that very few or none of the said suspects have to this date been charged in courts of law.
And according to residents, since the protest, there has been aggressive activity from security authorities manning the area.
Some say that they have been harrased by police for doing nothing, while others complain that police have now started knocking their doors at night to disturb them.
" We are under siege from police since the protest," a resident who did not want his name punished for fear of discrimination told News24.
" They (Police) are now hunting us down. They are looking for very small problems and accusing us of things we have not done, he added.
One person interviewed said he was beaten up by police for walking outside his compound while chasing stray chicken just a few minutes after the 6.30 PM evening curfew deadline.
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" I was looking for stray chicken and they still beat me, saying that I have contravened the curfew and I wondered what their real job is? To beat up innocent Kenyans or search for the real thugs, he posed.
When contacted about the claims, Lamu County Commissioner Miiri Njenga said he had nit heard of the complaints.
" So far we have heard nothing but I will investigate," he said.
Pressure has gone up many notches on police to remove the curfew, as the region suffers from economic downturn due to the blockade.
Many businesses cannot operate at night and residents have either moved out to other friendly areas to survive.
The Law Society of Kenya and CORD leader Raila Odinga have said they will consider suing Kimaiyo if the curfew is not removed any time soon.
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