Kenya imposes a three month curfew in three counties

Kenyan police officers patrol Mavuno villages near Mpeketoni after unidentified gunmen recently attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Kenyan police officers patrol Mavuno villages near Mpeketoni after unidentified gunmen recently attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Kenyan police officers patrol Mavuno villages near Mpeketoni after unidentified gunmen recently attacked the coastal Kenyan town of Mpeketoni, June 17, 2014. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya

Kenya’s newly appointed acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi has issued an order for a three month dawn to dusk curfew in Lamu, Tana River and Garisaa cpounties that has have been recently come under attack by  the Somali Al shabaab terrorists.

The gazette notice which takes effect immediately was issued after the acting CS met with the Country’s President Uhuru Kenyatta in the National Security Council meeting.

The curfew will be from dawn to dusk, 6.30 pm to 6.30 am in the three counties and surrounding environs areas that are disturbed or dangerous.

“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 authorized,” he said.

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

The order comes barely a day the CS of the security docket passed away suddenly after being rushed to the hospital.

Nine people were killed using knives by suspected al-Shabaab militants in Jima and Poromoko villages in Lamu County on Friday nights. Al-Shabaab militants attacked a police station and killed three officers on Wednesday morning in Lamu county.