By Farah Adan
The government has been asked to lift the curfew imposed on Northern Kenya or face a legal battle.
Speaking after inspecting development projects in Wajir town on Monday, CORD Co-Principals Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka said that the dawn to dusk embargo infringes on the constitutional rights of the people and threated the government with a legal tussle akin to the one they initiated against the security amendment Act.
The leaders said that the embargo contravened articles 32, 33 and 34 of the Constitution on freedom of worship, freedom of expression and freedom of movement.
With the Holy Month of Ramadhan knocking the door, the Muslim community residing in the area will be unable to exercise their religious freedom with the curfew in place.
CORD decried the Jubilee Government’s inability to adequately counter the threat of Al-Shabaab in the country.
“The Administration instead appears keen to punitively curtail the freedoms of the people of Wajir with an unconstitutional curfew yet there is no state of emergency in place” said Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.
The opposition luminaries commiserated with the residents of North Eastern terming unfortunate President Uhuru Kenyatta’s failure to visit Garissa and the region at large following the April 2 Garissa University College Al-Shabaab attack that saw 147 young Kenyans gruesomely lose their lives.
The leaders were taken round the town by the local leadership led by the Governor and inspected development projects amongst them the upcoming county administration headquarters, Soko mjinga 2, Wajir county referral hospital’s new state of the art medical laboratory set up through a collaboration between the county administration and the World Bank.
But a visit and ‘walk’ on the county’s first tarmac road stole the show as the CORD Principals and the local leadership took great pride walking along the 27 kilometer road.
On the same note, CORD demanded the immediate release of the Equalization Fund to the 14 historically marginalized counties through their respective County Governments so as to further strengthen devolution.
The principals were accompanied by Senators James Orengo (Siaya), Hassan Omar (Mombasa), Halima Abdi (Nominated), ODM Director of Campaigns Hon Junet Mohamed (Suna East) and Garissa County MP Mrs. Shukran Gure.
CORD felt at home in a county that voted them three-piece in the last general elections. They were welcomed by Wajir County Governor H. E Ahmed Abdullahi, County MP Fatuma Ibrahim, MPs Adan Keynan (Eldas), Mohamed Elmi (Tarbaj), Abdirahman Diriye (Wajir South) all elected on a CORD ticket and a section of members of the County Assembly.