Matiang’i imposes 90 day curfew in troubled Mount Elgon

Cabinet Secretary of Interior and Coordination of National government Dr Fred Matiang’i, Tuesday announced a dust to dawn curfew in restive Mount Elgon due to numerous cases of insecurity.

Speaking at Kopsiro in Cheptais sub county Matiang’i said the move was to enable security officers conduct an operation in the area to flush out the criminal gang terrorising residents.

Cabinet secretary ordered the security agencies in the area to ensure that they deal with the criminals effectively within the next 90 days.

We have placed a curfew here between 6pm and 6am; no one should be moving around except police officers who are here to deal with this gang during those hours, he said.

Matiang’i said the government would not allow a few individuals to disturb the peace of the area and taking the law in their hands.

He assured area residents that they will track the thugs and ensure that they are flushed out from their hideouts in Trans Nzoia County and neighbouring Uganda.

Matiang’i said that the government has deployed more security personnel in Cheptais whose main purpose would be to trace and arrest the thugs.

Matiang’i further warned their accomplices and residents who were giving accommodation to the thugs that the law will not spare them.

He said it was unfortunate that a few individuals were out to cause mayhem and it was time the government put an end to it.

Matiangi said they are working hand in hand with Uganda security since the thugs are alleged to be hiding in neighbouring country.

He challenged area residents to provide timely information to security agencies to ensure that the culprits are brought to book.

Residents should provide information to the authorities for proper action. Those who are also fond of giving these criminals information tell them that we are coming for them, he said.

Matiang’i asked chiefs and their assistants not to be afraid of discharging their duties but be firm within the law.

Area MP, Fred Kapondi, said the government needed to publish the faces of those behind the gang for the public to identify them.

Kapondi said the suspects were known by name and it would be proper if the faces were published in local dailies.

Our people only hear the names of the gang leaders but for them to put a face to the name they should be displayed in newspapers, he said.

Kapondi further dismissed reports that the attacks were land related saying that these were criminal attacks.

He said the suspects involved in the crime did not lose any land neither were they after land but purely to harm locals and businessmen and steal from them.

Lands Cabinet Secretary Faridah Karoney, who accompanied Matiangi, said plans were underway to complete the resettlement exercise of Chepyuk Phase Three, Cheptais sub county.

She said already a team of surveyors and other land officials would be dispatched to the area to finalise the process of allocating land to the beneficiaries.

Karoney added that a team of officials from the Lands Ministry will be there in two weeks and their agenda will be to survey and properly allocate land to the beneficiaries.

Karoney said that President Uhuru Kenyatta will be in the area in June to issue out the title deeds.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa also accompanied the team.

Source: Kenya News Agency