Government Extends Curfew for Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Tana River Pending Insecurity

  • Residents of areas marked due to high insecurity will still not be allowed to conduct operations after sun set, as curfew has been extended.

    Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Tana River counties had a curfew imposed after the terrorist attack on Garissa University College which left 148 people dead.

    The curfew was set to end on 16th May but citing insecurity, Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery has extended the curfew for one month.

    The Standard quotes the 15th May Special Gazette notice by Nkaiserry which states “This Order (curfew) shall apply during the hours of darkness—the period between 6.30pm and 6.30am for a period of one month.”

    The curfew bans gathering of more than 5 people and possession, carrying or display in public of offensive weapons.

    The order comes in the wake of increased Al Shabaab attacks and alerts, especially in Garissa and its environs, the most recent being two attack s on Kenyan in security forces which saw one officer die and left 17 others injured.

    See: Forces Deployed to Pursue Shabaab Militats, Following Two Attacks on Security Forces in Garissa

    The curfew is set to be lifted on the 16th of June, depending on the Governments assessment of security by the government.

    Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery