President Uhuru Kenyatta has declared war on Somalia-based terror group Al-Shabaab and has ordered police and security forces to kill and bury them. A seemingly angry President Uhuru further said that the recent attacks on Public Works Principal Secretary Mariam El Maawy, where she was abducted, shot and injured by suspected terrorists could be that she was being targeted for issuing title deeds to locals.
Maawy was rescued by a team of Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) soldiers’ hours after her kidnapping, but her bodyguard, driver and nephew were killed.
Speaking while addressing a rally in Kizingitini, Lamu County on Monday, the head of state said that the government will mercilessly deal with the insurgents who have wreaked havoc to Lamu, Garissa and Mandera County residents in recent weeks.
“When we get them, we will not jail but bury them,” the President said.
“We shall finish them,” he said of the insurgents, who have turned Boni Forest into a playground, attacking and killing locals before retreating there.
“Let me assure residents of Mpeketoni and Lamu that the government is prepared to face the terrorists.
“Mine is to urge you to vacate the areas intended for operation so that our security forces can get enough space to deal with and finish the criminals,” said President Kenyatta.
Uhuru called on residents to vote for Jubilee in next month’s elections, saying that his administration deserves to continue with the transformation agenda they have kick started in their first term in office.
“Hospitals have been improved and expectant mothers are delivering free of charge. We have the standard gauge railway in place. We also ensured Lamu road is constructed. We urge you to re-elect us so that we can finish the remaining part,” said Kenyatta while issuing 800 title deeds to squatters in Mpeketoni.
Deputy President William Ruto lashed out at the opposition, saying that they have nothing to offer other than empty rhetoric.
“Our opponents have been in leadership for years but they couldn’t do what we have done for Kenyans. We are confident of defeating them come August 8 elections since they have nothing to show.
"We urge you to come out in large numbers on August 8 in order to ensure we form the next government,” said Ruto.