The Star (Nairobi)

Kenya: Likoni Residents Assured of Security Ahead of Polls

THE government has assured residents of Likoni of enough security during and after Monday's general election.

This comes a day after tension gripped the area leading to some residents relocating to Mombasa Island and the North coast. Majengo Mapya, Mtongwe and Timbwani residents have been the most affected.

Residents are in fear of possible attacks during the March 4.elections following Likoni's history of violence during election period.

In 1992, the area witnessed a series of violence during the infamous Kayabombo Killings which were followed by the 1997 post election violence.

However, Likoni DC Lawrence Kinyua has assured residents all is well. He said the movement is not as a result of insecurity.

Addressing a peace meeting at Mtongwe yesterday, Kinyua warned of stern action on anybody trying to cause tension in the area.

He said the area has a high security surveillance which will ensure peace prevails during next week's elections.

"We cannot allow anybody to intimidate Kenyan citizens. We have lived in peace and we will ensure Likoni residents and their property are well safeguarded and enough security throughout. You have nothing to worry about," said Kinyua.

He said no leaflet or security threat has been issued in the area and that those shifting could be having personal problems such as lack of prompt transport since Mtongwe ferry is not operational.

He said others are travelling to vote upcountry and are taking their valuables along.

Last year, several houses in Mtongwe were marked with the letter 'X' with leaflets warning people who are not coast natives to relocate.

Kinyua however said Likoni is leading in security. "We have enough strength to curb any prospect of insecurity. We have the mechanist and ability to ensure there is enough security for Likoni residents," he said.

He was accompanied by Likoni police boss Abagamarro Guyo urged residents to vote peacefully and leave polling stations after the exercise.

"People should vote and go home. It will be a holiday so we expect people to go home and relax as they wait for result. This is just an election and life has to go on," he said.

Guyo warned that police will not tolerate any criminals. He warned against incitement and hate speech saying police are closely monitoring campaign activities to ensure peace prevails.

The DC led a peace caravan to Shika Adabu, Majengo Mapya, Mtongwe, Likoni and Timbwani estates.

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