NAIROBI, The Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary (Minister), Fred Matiang’im has imposed a three-month dusk-to-dawn curfew in the eastern Kenyan counties of Lamu, Tana River and Garissa to contain insurgent activities by the Al-Shabaab militants from neighbouring Somalia.
In a gazette notification published here at the weekend, Matiang’i stated that the order would take effect from July 9 to Oct 9, 2017. The curfew order came after a meeting of the National Security Council on Saturday, chaired by President Uhuru Kenyatta, declared parts of three counties and surrounding environs as “disturbed and dangerous areas”.
Matiang’i’s order came after nine people were on Friday night massacred by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Jima and Poromoko villages in Lamu County. The victims, all men, were slaughtered by militants using knives.
Police said the militants had ransacked farms at Jima looking for non-Muslims but did not find any since most people had fled following Wednesday’s attack in Pandanguo.
Meanwhile, leaders of the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) party have opposed the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on residents of Lamu, Tanariver and Garissa counties, fearing that it would affect voter turn-out in the areas in the Aug 8 general election.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK