May 16, 2022

State closes Lamu IDP camps closed, re-open schools

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The state has closed four IDP camps in Lamu and re-opened schools amidst security uncertainty in the county.
The state ordered Witho trading centre, Shalom Academy School in Kibaoni, Juhudi and Holy Angels Primary Schools in Lamu West camps, which were housing thousands of people who fled their home following continuous terror attacks in Lamu.
Coast regional commissioner John Elungata ordered the schools to reopen immediately and people go back to their homes.
“We are urging the displaced families to go back home because normalcy has been achieved. We are enough security officers here including the NPR,” Elungata said.
Elungata was speaking during a tour to assess the security in the county. He was accompanied by Coast regional police commander Manase Musyoka and Lamu county commissioner Irungu Macharia at the Kibaoni police station.
“We are urging the displaced families to go back home because normalcy has been achieved. We are enough security officers here including the National Police Reservist,” Elungata said.
“Let us avoid incitement, whether it’s on social media or any other platform. Let people cooperate with our officers to defeat the enemy.”
At least five schools have been closed in the county, and the heads of the affected schools were served with letters from the sub county education office directing them to re-open immediately.
IDPs who talked to the Iganjo Media said that they believe the state was genuine after they were asked to go back home by the local authorities.
“More than six people have been killed during the attacks, and properties destroyed, and I know we will not be safe,” an IDP who didn’t want to be mentioned said.
“I am also not sure if our children will be safe in schools or home.”

 

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