Welders in Lamu county were on Monday accused of manufacturing Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) for Alshabaab militants.
Coast Regional Commisioner John Elunguta said the welders who operate along Lamu-Coast border and Boni forest are being awarded tenders to make IEDs which will be used to kill Kenyans and police officers.
“We all know that the areas within Boni Forest have no connection to electricity and the only way the militants are able to make IEDs and other terror equipment is that they are supplied from towns within the coastal region,” Elunguta said.
The Commisioner issued directives to chiefs in the county to carry out probes at Mokowe, Hindi, Witu, Mpeketoni and Kibaoni, to ensure all welders are identified.
He said they have received a report that some locals in the region are in direct contact with the militants where they feed and even protect them.
According to Elunguta, the government was planning to put up a Kenya Defense Forces (KDF) camp in the area to help curb cases of Alshabaab killing people.
He urged those using public service vehicles especially at night to avoid Lamu- Garsen road since the militants are believed to be operating in the route.
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