NASA leaders oppose curfew in Tana River, Lamu and Garissa
NASA leaders yesterday opposed the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed by acting Interior CS Fred Matiang’i in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa counties.
They termed the curfew “unjustified”.
Led by ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula, Siaya Senator James Orengo and his Kilifi counterpart Stewart Madzayo, they said imposing a curfew in these counties would not resolve the insecurity problem caused by suspected al Shabaab militants.
The leaders said the curfew would only hurt the voter turnout in areas.
They said they do not understand why Matiang’i “rushed to make the decision”, instead of mourning the death of Major General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery.
Matiang’i was appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday.
Speaking in Gongoni, Magarini subcounty, Wetang’ula said he expected Matiang’i to pay his tribute to his departed colleague, not impose a curfew.
He said the only solution to end al Shabaab attacks and insecurity is to withdraw KDF from Somalia and fight the enemy from within.
“You can easily defend your territory from within your territory, not by occupying another territory,” Wetang’ula said.
He said imposing a curfew will only make the problem worse.
Wetang’ula sent a message of condolence to Nkaissery’s family and asked Uhuru to ensure thorough investigations are conducted to establish the cause of the CS’s death.
He eulogised Nkaissery as a leader who would call them after teargassing them during the protests.
Mudavadi urged the Jubilee administration to ensure there is adequate security during the campaigning period.