Timamy denies claims of opposing establishment of KDF base

By KBC Reporter

Lamu County Governor Issa Timmy has refuted claims he refused to allocate land for a proposed Kenya Defence Force base in the insecurity prone county.

Timamy says contrary to media reports, the request by the Ministry of Defence to establish the facility in Panda Nguo area was forwarded to the county’s elected leaders in 2014 to enable a popular and transparent consultative process guide the county government in reaching its decision.

The governor reportedly opposed the idea that was fronted by the Ministry of Defence two years ago, over fears such a move may lead to the eviction of area residents.

Timamy is instead accusing his detractors of trying to politicize matters security.

He has also taken issue with a section of leaders in the area who have been claiming he is opposed to the idea, saying he is ready to embrace initiatives that will guarantee the county adequate security.

Earlier this week, leaders from the region including Senator Abu Chiaba, Lamu West MP Julius Ndegwa and Women Representative Shakila Abdalla, criticized Timamy for allegedly rejecting the plan to set up the KDF base in Panda Nguo.

The leaders claimed Timamy had failed to take into account the interest of the larger Lamu County.

Meanwhile, Lamu Deputy governor Erick Mugo is warning leaders against playing politics with matters security, saying attempts to destabilize the county government’s plan to enhance security in the area bound to hit a brick wall.

  

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