I would like to express my sympathies to the families and security personnel who lost loved ones while on duty in the Milihoi Area. They were heroes. May the almighty creator provide you all the strength and grace you need to get through this difficult moment.
The despicable and abhorrent wayside attack, like the recurring criminal attacks on innocent civilians, should be countered with force and precision. We made this known at a meeting with Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiangi in Nairobi today, alongside Senator Anwar Oloitiptip, Women Representative Ruweida Obbo, and Lamu West Member of Parliament Stanley Muthama, among other security officials.
The formation of an emergency leadership caucus, comprised of elected and community leaders, to get to the root of the problems that led to the runaway insecurity attacks, was one of the issues agreed upon, ahead of a visit by the National Government to Lamu County.
The discussion also reviewed local security measures, such as activating local National Police Reservists to augment community vigilance and expediting title deeds issuance and land reforms, both of which are issues that my government has championed, as well as assisting in recovery and rebuilding efforts of the affected families, which my administration has also started.
Those who are spreading mayhem, as well as those who aim to harm Lamu County, should be aware that the county is far too vital in Kenya’s modern setup, and its growth trajectory will not be impeded by individuals motivated by political machinations, terrorism, or anarchy. We will not be divided as a people. We will build this County to its rightful stature as one people.
I’m calling on all of us to remain peaceful but not afraid, cautious but not deterred and vigilant at all times.
Governor Fahim Twaha
Lamu County Governor.