By Hussein Ahmed
Members of Parliament from Garissa County have taken issue with Interior Cabinet secretary Joesph Nkaissery’s decision to impose and extend curfew on Garissa and three other counties.
Speaking at Madarasatul Najah in Garissa town on Saturday during a graduation ceremony, the leaders termed the curfew illegal since curtailed freedom of association, movement and worship as enshrined in the constitution.
Garissa county women Representative Mrs. Shukran Gure said that they will not sit back and watch as people suffer due to unnecessary restrictions imposed by the government.
“Businesses are counting losses as our people are denied fundamental rights to have social gatherings, do business and go to their places of worship. We cannot even take sick people to hospital during the curfew hours” she said
Shukran added that she will petition the CS in parliament when the house resumes on June 8.
Lagdera MP Mohamed Shidiye took issue with the deployment of KDF to conduct patrols within towns saying that was the work of the police.
“The work of the military is to defend the country from external aggressors and that should be done along the borders and not manning road blocks in towns.” He said adding that police were better placed to deal with civilians.
His Dadaab counterpart Dr. Mohamed Dahiye asked the National and county governments to collaborate in ensuring security of learning institutions.
“Kenya Medical Training College which was closed down recently over security concerns doesn’t have a fence making them vulnerable to attacks” he said while requesting the county government to fence learning institution.
The event was also attended by Governor Nathif Jama, acting County Commissioner James Kianda, several members of the county assembly as well as religious leaders.