By Abdiweli Aden
The government has imposed a dusk to dawn curfew in the North Eastern Kenya town of Mandera following spate of terror attacks that left tens of people dead.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Major Gen. (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery through a gazette notice on Thursday issued the directives of the curfew a day after at least 12 people were killed in an attack at a guest house frequented by non-locals.
“This order may be cited as Public Order (Curfew) (Mandera County), Order 2016, and shall come into effect from 27th October 2016, to 27th December 2016, from 6.30 pm to 6.30 am,” the notice made on October 26 reads in part.
Areas affected by the directive include Mandera Town, Omar Jillo, Arabia, Fino, Lafey Kotulo, Elwak and the environs of the said locations extending to 20 kilometers from the Kenya-Somalia border.
The embargo restricts movement of people from dawn to dusk in the affected areas unless authorized by the local administrators.
“The curfew shall affect everyone who resides within the sub-county shall except under in accordance with the terms and conditions of a written permit granted by the respective Deputy County Commissioner for the affected areas, remain indoors in the premises at which they reside or at such other premises authorised” reads the gazette notice.
This week’s attack was the third in Mandera in the month of October.