Kenya Activists Call for Interior Minister to Quit After Attacks

Kenyan Interior Secretary Joseph ole Lenku must step down for failing to do enough to protect people against worsening insecurity, including attacks that killed at least 127 since September, civil society groups said.

“We call for the immediate and thorough review of the country’s top security,” Lillian Kantai, program adviser at the Kenya Human Rights Commission, told reporters today in the capital, Nairobi. “We call for the resignation or sacking of the Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku.”

Ole Lenku said he was attending a meeting and too busy to talk today when Bloomberg called him seeking comment.

A series of assaults this week in and around the village of Mpeketoni at the coast claimed by al-Qaeda’s arm in Somalia, al-Shabaab, left at least 60 people dead. Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta blamed “local political networks” for the massacre. It was the deadliest attack since September, when al-Shabaab gunmen stormed the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, leaving at least 67 people dead.

About 53,000 people have been displaced in communities including Baringo, Mandera and Marsabit between November and February because of clashes between ethnic groups stemming from conflicts over land and natural resources, Kantai said.

Kantai represented a group of about 30 civil society groups known as Kenyans for Peace With Trust and Justice.

“The state of the national insecurity is out of hand and totally out of control and the persons in charge have shown that they cannot do the job,” Eric Mutua, chairman of the Law Society of Kenya, said at the same event.

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