NASA leaders oppose curfew in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa Counties

The National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders have opposed the dusk to dawn curfew imposed by newly appointed Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiang’i to residents of Lamu, Tana River and Garissa counties terming it unjustified.

Led by two NASA principals, Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula together with Siaya senator, James Orengo and his Kilifi Counterpart, Stewart Madzayo, the leaders said imposing a curfew in the counties would not resolve the insecurity caused by Somali based Al shabaab but would instead interfere with businesses and the forth coming August polls.

The leaders said the curfew would affect voter turnout in areas which would be affected and wondered why Matiang’i rushed to the decision instead of consulting with other security agencies in the Government.

Speaking in Gongoni, Magarini Sub County during the NASA rallies, Wetangula said the only solution to the Al-Shabaab attacks and insecurity at large was to withdraw KDF from Somalia so as to fight the enemy from within not outside.

Uhuru, withdraw soldiers from Somalia. You can easily defend your territory from within your territory not by occupying another territory outside, he stated.

The NASA principal said imposing curfew in Tana River, Garissa and Lamu would not resolve the terror attacks but shall increase the problems.

Meanwhile, Wetangula also sent messages of condolence to the late Nkaissery’s family and asked President Kenyatta to ensure thorough investigations were done to unearth the cause of the sudden death.

He eulogized Nkaissery who was formerly in ODM as a great leader who held no grudges.

Speaking at the same function, Mudavadi said the issues of insecurity being witnessed would affect the voter turnout particularly in areas named as hotspots.

He called on the Jubilee government to ensure there was maximum security during the campaign period so as to give people a chance to cast their vote and elect NASA government.

Senator Madzayo, who was the host senator, said Jubilee deserved to go home on August 8 for failing to deal with the issue of insecurity.

The latest Al shabaab attack left seven people butchered at Jima village not far from Pandanguo where security personnel were killed in a dawn attack last week.

Source: Kenya News Agency