Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has imposed 30-days dusk to dawn curfew in Marsabit county.
The gazette notice shall be effectvie from 1st June 2022.
“This Order shall apply during the hours of darkness between Six O’clock in the evening and Six O’clock in the morning with effect from 1st June 2022 and shall remain in effect for a period of thirty days,” it stated.
The notice further indicates there shall be no public gatherings, processions or movement, either alone or as a group during the period of the curfew unless when permitted in writing by the inspector general of the National Police Service.
In May, the government had imposed a curfew that allowed security services to deal with the illicit proliferation of firearms in Isiolo and Marsabit counties.
“Effective from 6 pm on May 2 we have placed the whole of Marsabit County under curfew to be followed by an operation to rid of illegal guns causing havoc there. Leaders in the area are urged to cooperate,” he said.
He ordered a crackdown on illegal mining, which appears to be contributing to the spike in instability.
Matiang’i also declared Kom Sub-location in Isiolo County a disturbed area for the next 30 days, saying the government has been deploying security forces in the area to deal with suspected bandits.
The government had given the residents three months to come up with a solution or a plan to commence an operation in the province’s largest county.
However, the attacks have continued. Six individuals were killed and four others were injured in an attack by gunmen in Laisamis.
Seventeen other people who had gone missing were found after 24 hours.
The attackers have been attacking civilians in Marsabit town, among other places, with impunity, forcing the authorities to intervene in the operation.