Kenya: Mandera curfew to be lifted during Ramadan

26th May 2017
Kenya: Mandera curfew to be lifted during Ramadan

Nairobi, Kenya (Friday Bulletin): After being under a dusk-dawn curfew for eight consecutive months, Mandera residents can now breathe a sigh of relief as the government is set to lift the order.

This is a reprieve for the residents who were glaring at the possibility of missing out on the special night prayers during the blessed month of Ramadan which is expected to begin either Friday or Saturday across the globe.Speaking in Mandera town on Sunday during a political rally,

Deputy President William indicated that the government will be suspending the curfew to allow Mandera residents to fulfil their religious obligations during the month long period of fasting.

“The Government wishes Muslims well during the Holy Month of Ramadan as we undertake to review the curfew in Mandera and other areas. We will ensure that the curfew is lifted so that no one is prevented from partaking in night prayers,” said Ruto.

The deputy president said the decision was reached following consultations with leaders and security officials in the area.
The areas that are currently under the 12-hour curfew include Mandera town,Omar Jillo, Arabia, Fino, Lafey, Kotulo,and Elwak and areas 20km from the Kenya-Somalia border. Residents of these areas are expected to remain indoors from 7pm to 5am unless authorized by their respective Deputy County Commissioners.
The curfew was first imposed on the county by Interior cabinet secretary Joseph Nkaissery as a security measure for a month in October 2016 following the killing of 12 people in a hotel in Mandera town by suspected Al Shabaab gunmen.The order was then extended in December 2016 for three months until March 28, 2017. It was further extended for the third time in March for another three months until June 27.
The deputy President added that the national government will soon employ an additional 150 Kenya Police Reservists (KPRs) who will be deployed in the area to secure the county against insecurity.

The county has recently witnessed series of insecurity incidents from suspected Al Shabaab gunmen including last week’s
killing of a chief in Omar Jillo location. “We are going to recruit 150 KPRs within this month because we want to have a secure Mandera so that people can go on with their daily business uninterrupted,” noted the DP.

Meanwhile five bodyguards attached to Mandera governor Ali Roba’s security detail were killed on Wednesday when their vehicle ran over an Improvised Explosive Device (IED).
The officers were part of a convey that was escorting the governor to a political rally in Fino, Mandera.

 

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