Lamu County police chief moved

Muchangi Kioi at a past police recruitment drive in Kitui. [File, Standard]
Lamu County Police Commander Muchangi Kioi has been transferred.

Irungu Macharia, the county secretary has confirmed. His new station is yet to be revealed.

Mr Macharia said the transfer is a routine exercise which has nothing to do with insecurity in the area.

There have been two recent terrorist attacks in the area. Last year, an administrator and a police officer were killed.

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"This is just a normal transfer. It has nothing to do with insecurity," Macharia said.

Mr Kioi has been replaced by Issa Mohammed who has been the Changamwe sub-county police commander.

In the Al Shabab attacks, six people were killed earlier this month.

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The terrorists targeted commuter buses and an American military base in Manda Bay.

Lack of coordination between local government administrators and junior police officers has been blamed for the attacks.

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Last month, Mohammed Famau, a chief, and his assistant Malik Athman, were butchered by unknown assailants inside their offices.

Hesbon Okemwa, a police officer attached to Tchundwa Police Post, was killed in cold blood by suspected drug barons and his riffle stolen.

His mutilated body was later recovered in a thicket.

Police sources said Mr Mohamed, who was at one time in charge of the coast region anti-terrorism police unit, was proposed by his seniors to head the terror prone area.

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