Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has on Monday, May 2, announced a dusk to dawn curfew in Marsabit County effective midnight today.
Speaking at the General Service Unit (GSU ) headquarters in Nairobi, Matiang’i declared that there will be a cessation of movement between 6 pm and 6 am for 30 days.
The curfew follows a spike in cases of insecurity in the county that threatens national security.
“We have therefore this morning taken the unprecedented decision of declaring Kom sublocation in Merti sub county for the next 30 days. Any movement and activities must be cleared by the security sector,” the CS noted.
“The kind of mystery acts that we have seen in that area must come to an end. We are now ready prepared and available to address that clean-up in Marsabit once and for all. It is not going to be easy and we are not going in there to be popular we are going in there to solve a problem,” the CS explained
Matiang’i stated that there have been activities being carried out by unnamed groups in the region including those related to terrorism. He assured residents that the government had deployed security agents in the region to contain the situation.
“Any groups of people that will be moving in the area, whether they are engaged in the illegal mining or purported trade because they are essentially moving contraband and drugs and some of them are couriers of terror gangs.
“Therefore any groups seen moving towards that direction will be deemed to be armed, dangerous, combatant and our security sector will deal with you,” Matiang’i reverberated
The Interior boss added that the government had received intelligence that the insecurity can be linked to a group based in a neighbouring country.