By Collins Anampiu
Acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i has imposed a three month dawn to dusk curfew in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa counties to contain Al-Shabaab insurgence.
In a gazette notice, Matiang’i sated July 8th Matiang’i said, the order shall be effected from today(Sunday) to October 9th 2017.
President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired a National Security Council meeting earlier on Saturday.
The council declared parts of three counties and the surrounding environs as disturbed and dangerous areas.
Holugho Border Point, Galmagala, Sangailu, Masalani, Bodehei, Milimani, Baure, Basuba, Mangai and Maralani are among the areas where the curfew will apply.
Other areas include Ijara, Hola, Garsen, Kipini, Kiunga and Ishakani/ Dar-es-Salaam Border Point.
The CS however said the curfew excludes the Islands of Lamu, Manda and Pate.
Matiang’i’s order comes barely a day 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 using knives. Police said the militants had ransacked farms at Jima looking for ‘non-Muslims’ but did not find them since majority had fled following the Wednesday attack in Pandanguo.
Meanwhile, National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders have opposed the dusk to dawn curfew imposed to residents of Lamu, Tanariver and Garissa counties terming it unjustified.
Led by two principles Musalia Mudavadi, Moses Wetangula, Siaya Senator James Orengo and his Kilifi Counterpart Stewart Madzayo said imposing a curfew in the three counties would not resolve insecurity caused by Somali based Al-shabaab.
The leaders said the curfew is likely to affect the voter turn-out in the areas and wondered why Dr. Matiang’i rushed for the decision.
Speaking in Gongoni Magarini Sub County at a rally Wetangula said he expected Matiang’i to pay tribute to his departed.
He said the only solution to the Al-Shabaab attacks and insecurity at large is to withdraw KDF from Somalia and fight the enemy from within.