Tana River Muslim clerics are calling on the government to lift the dusk to dawn curfew imposed in the area by the newly appointed acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i terming it unjustified.
Led by the Chairperson of the Council of Imams and Preachers in Kenya in Tana River County Sheikh Musa, the clerics questioned why the curfew was imposed in the area yet no criminal activities have been reported in the area.
They have however warned locals to stand in solidarity with the government in fighting terror elements in the region.
Matiang’i first task was to impose a dusk to dawn curfew in 16 areas of Lamu, Garissa and Tana River counties.
In taking the decision, Matiang’i classified the areas as disturbed and dangerous.
His directive followed reports that suspected Al-Shabaab militants had struck at Jima area in Lamu County, leaving at least seven people dead and one nursing serious injuries.
Elsewhere, the director of Linda Boni forest operation James Ole Serian has denied media reports that there are missing persons in the operation area.
Serian also denied reports that they have evacuated people from the operation area, which is part of Operation efforts to flush out persons who recently attacked Pandaguo village.
He said the operation is going on well as they have deployed more troops and are aggressively pursuing the attackers believed to be hiding in the Forest.
He expressed optimism that they will soon arrest the attackers who killed at least nine people in Pandanguo village, just two kilometers from the Pandaguo police post on Wednesday.
Ole Serian appealed to the media and the general public to avoid spreading alarming information about the operation.
His remarks come as security agencies in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa counties begin implementing the dawn-to-dusk curfew imposed on Saturday by acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i.
Ole Serian at the same time urged area residents to cooperate with security officers enforcing the curfew in the area, which is being implemented by the multi-agency team in charge of Operation Linda Boni.