Matiang’i imposes 3 month dusk to dawn curfew in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa

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Acting Interior CS Fred Matiangi has imposed a three month dawn to dusk curfew in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa counties to contain al Shabaab.

In a gazette notice, Matiang’i on Saturday said the order shall be effected from July 9 to October 9, 2017.

President Uhuru Kenyatta chaired a National Security Council meeting earlier in the day.

The council declared parts of three counties and the surrounding environs as disturbed and dangerous areas.

“This order shall apply during the hours of darkness between the period of 6.30pm in the evening and 6.30am in the morning,” Matiang’i said.

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.

Matiang’i however said the curfew excludes the Islands of Lamu, Manda and Pate.

“Every person who resides within this Sub-Counties shall except under and in accordance with the terms and conditions of a written permit granted by the respective Deputy County Commissioner of the affected areas, remain indoors in the premises at which they reside or at such other premises as may be authorised,” he said.

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.

Jima Village is about two kilometres from Pandanguo where al-Shabaab militants attacked a police station and killed three officers on Wednesday morning.

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.

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