NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – The government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in Mandera following Tuesday’s attack by Al Shabaab militants that left 12 people dead.
In a Special Gazette Notice, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery stated that the curfew takes immediate effect and will last for a period of two months.
“In exercise of the powers conferred by section 8 (1) of the Public Order Act, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government makes the following order:- the public order (curfew) (Mandera county) order, 2016,” Nkaissery said.
“This Order may be cited as the Public Order (Curfew) (Mandera County) Order, 2016, and shall come into effect on the 27th October, 2016 to 27th December, 2016 from 6.30 p.m. to 6.30 a.m.”
The Interior CS pointed out that the order shall apply to everyone in that area comprised in Mandera and its extending to twenty kilometres from the Kenya – Somalia Border.
“This Order shall apply to all that area comprised in Mandera Town, Omar Jillo, Arabia, Fino, Lafey Kotulo, Elwak and the environs of the said locations extending to twenty (20) kilometres from Kenya/Somalia Border,” he said.
He stressed that residents residing within the Sub County should remain indoors during this period and indicated that they can only move outside after receiving a written permit from the Deputy County Commissioner.
“Every person who resides within the Sub-County shall except under, and in accordance with the terms and conditions of a written permit granted by the respective Deputy County Commissioner for the affected areas, remain indoors in the premises at which they reside or at such other premises as may be authorized.”
Political leaders from Mandera County had called on the government to change security tactics to deter and flash out Al Shaabab following the attack.
Senator Billow Kerrow stated that government should implement its proposal to build a wall on the border between Kenya and Somalia within the Gedo Region as a means to safeguard the country and curb incursions.
Governor Ali Roba emphasized the need for security to be beefed up in the border towns, to deter attacks that may be carried out against locals there.
His sentiments were echoed by Marsabit Governor Ukur Yatani who urged local residents to report any individual engaging in suspicious activity.
Investigations are in the meantime currently underway to determine the source of the IED bomb that exploded at the Boshari Hotel in Mandera killing twelve people.
In a statement, the North Eastern Regional Commander, Mohamoud Saleh stated that, preliminary investigations into the attack have yielded several leads for the police.