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Lenku defends Operation Usalama

08 April 2014, 09:41

Nairobi - The Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security, Joseph Lenku, defended the criticized Operation Usalama that resulted in the arrest of thousands of undocumented citizens and raised the ire of human rights groups.

The operation has led to the arrest of 4 000 people in a week. Eastleigh has received a bigger magnitude of the operations due to the recent bomb attacks.

There have been claims of violation of human rights by officers carrying out the operation.

However, Lenku defended the operation saying that there is need to defend and bring order to every part of the country.

He said many of the arrested persons lacked identification documents despite attaining the majority age and were therefore in violation of the law.

The people arrested are currently being screened at the Kasarani Stadium.

“It is against our law not to have an identification document. We have aliens who do not speak the national languages,” said Lenku.

He added that others who were arrested were clearly alien and that all refugees need to go to designated camps.

The operation has gone on since the explosions that claimed six lives and injured scores last in Eastleigh last week.

Security measures have been heightened across the country especially in Mombasa where there have been flare ups by youth after the murder of radical preacher, Abubakar Sharif, alias  Makaburi.

The recent terror attacks have led to the  travel warnings issued by the United States to its citizens warning them of visiting various destinations locally.

 – CAJ News

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