Lamu bans walking with panga in public


Lamu county commissioner Fredrick Ndambuki has banned residents from walking around with pangas.

This comes in the wake of increased murders in the county. Ndambuki said those found with knives and pangas will be arrested and charged.

He made the order on Thursday at his office in Lamu town. The ban comes a week after two men were killed by a gang armed with pangas in Lamu and Mbwajumwali.

Speaking to journalists after meeting county security officers, Ndambuki directed the police to conduct searches in Lamu East, where the murders are prevalent.

Most incidents are in Kizingitini, Faza, Tchundwa, Mbwajumwali, Siyu and Pate. Ndambuki appealed to the residents to desist from taking the law into their own hands during disputes.

“Killing has become a game for some people,” he said. Lamu East MP Athman Shariff said there is a need for the county government to end the “careless murders”.

Shariff called on the residents to cooperate with the police by reporting criminals and gangs.

“Our children are killing each other like chicken. I don’t want to believe that we are raising murderers but even then, we must do something to change this generation from ending up down the drain. We must work with the police,” he said.

Shariff said there is a need to eradicate drug abuse, which he said is a major contributor to crime.