Matiang’i swings into swift action after assuming Nkaissery’s role
Newly appointed acting Cabinet Secretary for Internal Security Dr Fred Matiang’i has imposed a three-month dawn to dusk curfew in Lamu, Tana River and Garissa.
This came just a few hours after Dr Matiang’i took over from his predecessor Joseph Nkaissery who passed on at a Nairobi hospital early on Saturday morning.
In a gazette notice on Saturday, Dr Matiang’i said the order shall be effected from July 9 to October 9, 2017.
“This order shall apply during the hours of darkness between the period of 6.30pm in the evening and 6.30am in the morning,” said Matiang’i.
The affected areas have recently been targeted by Al Shabaab militants, the latest attack being witnessed in Lamu County coming just hours before Dr Matiang’i appointment.
At least nine people were killed during the Friday night attack on Jima village in Lamu West.
Earlier in the week Al-Shabaab militants attacked a police station in Pandanguo just two Kilometres from Jima village and killed three officers.
The areas that will be affected by the curfew include Holugho Border Point, Galmagala, Sangailu, Masalani, Bodehei, Milimani, Baure, Basuba, Mangai and Maralani.
Other areas include Ijara, Hola, Garsen, Kipini, Kiunga and Ishakani/ Dar-es-Salaam Border Point.
“Every person who resides within these 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,” the gazette notice read.