Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew in parts of Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, and West Pokot counties for 30 days over insecurity concerns.
Matiang’i ordered a huge disarmament operation that will be conducted alongside social development interventions to restore order in the areas and other parts of the North Rift.
“This Order shall apply during the hours of 6.00 pm and 6.00 a.m. with effect from 4th June 2022 and shall remain in effect for a period of 30,” the notice read in part.
He stated that the National Security Council had approved an intensive operation similar to the one launched in Marsabit, which was scheduled to begin on June 4.
“We are beginning to draw two critical exercises that we want to do which include reorganizing deployment in that area and declaration of a curfew,” he said.
According to Matiang’i, medical professionals and health workers, national security, administration, public health and sanitation officers in county governments, licensed pharmaceutical companies, pharmacies and drug stores, and licensed broadcasters and media houses are free from the curfew.
Others include employees of the Kenya Revenue Authority, the Kenya Airports Authority, and Licensed Civil Aviation Services Providers, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, Kenya Airways PLC, the Kenya Ports Authority, and Licensed Port Operators, power production and distribution companies, water service providers, and food and farm produce processors, distributors, distributor sales, retailers, and transporters.
Exempted are licensed supermarkets, minimarkets, hypermarkets, licensed distributors, licensed banks, financial institutions, payment financial services, fire brigade, emergency response services, licensed security firms, Postal and Courier Services, and Advocates of the High Court of Kenya.
During the curfew time, there will be no public gatherings, processions, or movement, either alone or in groups, according to Matiang’i.