Newly elected Lamu governor Fahim Twaha has pledged to prioritise improving the region’s security within his first 100 days in office.
He said rampant al Shabaab attacks in various parts of the county had greatly affected tourism and development in the county.
Twaha spoke during his swearing-in as Lamu governor at the Mkunguni Square in Lamu town on Friday.
“Security is the pillar of any region’s economic growth. I will work with the national government to ensure peace and calm is restored in Lamu.”
The Jubilee Party politician said he is working on a plan to have terror prone areas like Kiunga and Basuba have daily helicopter patrols.
“Lamu must regain its past glory where it was known to be the safest and peaceful county,” said Twaha.
The governor extended an olive branch to all poll losers and asked them to join hands with him in serving the people.
He lauded the IEBC for conducting a transparent election as opposed to the flawed 2013 process.
Twaha, who lost the governor seat to Issa Timamy at the said polls, further pledged to boost security in the waters bordering the Island.
“My win is well-deserved and I call upon all those who didn’t win to join me in making Lamu better. What God has decided, let no man oppose,” he said.
He added that the county will also ensure all boats operating in Lamu are fitted with functional radio communication systems for handling emergencies.
“We shall ensure 24/7 patrols so as to save lives in time whenever marine accidents occur.”
Recently, an ODM politician lost his four children, wife and other relatives after their boat capsized in the deep seas.
Shekue Kahale’s wife and one-year-old child were buried at Kizingitini cemetery on Monday.
Their boat, that had 12 people, capsized while heading to Manda airport.
Read: Lamu politician’s wife, child buried after boat accident
The governor also pledged to improve garbage collection, boost education, increase water supply networks and promote businesses in the region.