KENYA POLLS: Soldiers sent to face up to terror attacks by Shabaab

Tuesday March 5 2013


The military has been sent to parts of Coast to beef up security along the Kenya-Somalia border.The Kenya Defence Forces are also conducting aerial surveillance in Lamu County to stop any attacks by Al-Shabaab militants.

Defence Forces spokesman Bogita Ongeri said that the military was on high alert in Moyale, Mandera and Kiunga ready to respond to any external aggression particularly from the terror group.

“This election is historical and important to the country. We want to ensure our borders are well-secured. Our soldiers are alert,” added Mr Ongeri. At the Kiunga border point, a contingent of regular and Administration Police officers backed by the General Service Unit were on the ground carrying out patrols.

Police and military choppers circled around the border areas extending surveillance up to Lamu Island.

High voter turnout

Lamu East police boss Samuel Obara said no incident of violence had been reported and voting went on smoothly.


“We have provided adequate security along the border to deal with any eventuality,” added Mr Obara.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission officer in charge of Lamu East, Mr Adan Barre, said there was a high voter turnout in all 34 polling stations in the constituency.

“Voting is going on very well and turn out is fantastic. More people are expected to vote by the time we close the centres,” added Mr Barre.