Gov’t to publish names of persons behind Lamu terror attacks

Wednesday, October 11th, 2023 20:42 | By
Interior CS Kithure Kindiki appearing before the Senate on Wednesday, October 11, 2023.
Interior CS Kithure Kindiki appearing before the Senate on Wednesday, October 11, 2023. PHOTO/@KindikiKithure/X

Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki has announced that the government will publish the names of the masterminds behind the Lamu terror attacks.

Appearing before the Senate on Wednesday, October 11, 2023, Kindiki said that the names would be accompanied by cash rewards for information leading to their arrests.

"In the next few days, the Ministry of Interior and National Administration will publish a list of persons we suspect are the chief architects, planners, and perpetrators of terror attacks in Lamu County. We will announce cash rewards for persons who volunteer information that will lead to the arrest of the suspects," Kindiki stated.

"The suspects will be required to surrender at any Police Station or else our security officers will pursue them and deal with them ruthlessly and in accordance with the law."

According to the CS, since the 1998 US Embassy attack, approximately 500 lives have been lost through terror attacks.

Kindiki says the government, in order to combat acts of terrorism, has taken several actions, including the establishment of special units and the enactment of laws.

"To boost counterterrorism efforts and safeguard the lives and property of citizens, the Government has established specialised security units, such as the Anti-Terrorism Unit, the National Counterterrorism Centre, Financial Reporting Centre, Transnational Organised Crime Unit, the Asset Recovery Agency and the Kenya Coast Guard," he added.

"Key legislations have also been enacted, including the Proceeds of Crime and Anti-Money Laundering Act, Prevention of Terrorism Act, 2012, Security Laws Amendment Act 2014, Computer Misuse and Cybercrime Act 2018, Amendments to the Anti-Narcotics Act, Amendments to the Refugee Act, Amendments to the NGOs Act, Amendments to the Firearms Act to control the proliferation of small arms and light weapons and Amendment to the Kenya Citizenship and Immigration Act."

Kindiki also revealed that the government has improved local and international collaborations and partnerships, enhanced financial regulation by the Central Bank of Kenya and deployed of modern technology in policing including the use of integrated command centres and drones with facial and motor vehicle recognition capabilities.

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