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Police show of might in Nairobi irks Lamu residents

08 July 2014, 16:08 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - News of the 15,000 police officers who took charge of the Saba Saba rally in Nairobi was met with anger in Lamu, where more people are dying as a result of insecurity.

The area has been badly hit by incidences of insecurity which have seen over 100 people killed in separate attacks.

Matters have been made worse by the fact that the region is poorly equipped with security mechanisms, with only a handful of policemen keeping vigil and just a few functioning response vehicles.

And with the attack on an environmental research and resource center having taken place the same night as the Saba Saba day rally at Uhuru Park in Nairobi, residents feel isolated, helpless and let down in equal measure.

" When we hear the news and read newspapers that there were 15,000 policemen in Nairobi for a political rally, you lose hope, Juma Mzee a Witu resident says.

Just a few hours after the Saba Saba rally ended, new attacks took place in the region, with one person killed and property destroyed.

Police response was once again slow, with residents only getting help close to 2 hours after the attacks took place.

" This is ridiculous, Ali Mwandawiro an area resident said. You wonder why the government is not taking this threat seriously, he asks.

Rumours circulating in the area state that the reason the government is slow to react is because it senses political motives for the attacks and has slowed down its efforts.

Local leaders have been urging locals to calm down but with the increase in attacks, residents are leaving the area in the wake of slow government help.

" We are running away because we do not want to sit here and await death, Francis Kairu who spoke to News24 whilst leaving for Malindi said.

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