Get attackers dead or alive, Ruto orders security agencies
Deputy President William Ruto with three-year-old Eunice Njeri, whose parents' home was among those torched in Hindi Kibiboni village, near the Hindi trading centre in Lamu County. [Photo: Maarufu Mohamed/Standard]
Deputy President William Ruto Sunday ordered security agencies to get the attackers who killed 22 people in Gamba in Tana River and Hindi in Lamu "dead or alive".
He gave top security chiefs in Nairobi and Lamu 48 hours to either arrest the criminals or quit the service.
Addressing a meeting in Mpeketoni and Hindi after visiting homes of the deceased in Sunday's incident, Mr Ruto said: "The security team starting from the Inspector General David Kimaiyo to the police constable down here must get these criminals. These people must be arrested. The criminals are here in Lamu. We want the security team to show results of the operation in 48 hours."
He directed the security team in Lamu to provide the Government with a plan of how they are going to deal with the criminals.
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"Those who perpetuated this mayhem must be either arrested or killed," he said.
He directed Deputy Inspector General of Police Samuel Arachi to stay in Lamu and lead the operation. The Deputy President also said leaders should be responsible and held accountable for what they say.
Lamu Governor Issa Timamy said: "We ask our security team to stop these killings and arrest the killers. We should not be divided along religious lines. These are criminals."
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku said, "The Government will do everything to address the security situation in this area."
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