Governor Jama takes issue with curfew imposed on parts of his County

By NepJournal July 11, 2017 22:11

By NJ Correspondent:

Governor Jama flanked by his deputy (on his right) Mr. Abdullahi Hussein speaking at Masalani during a campaign tour. Garissa among counties worst hit by recent Al Shabaab attacks.

Garissa Governor Nathif Jama has opposed the dawn-to-dusk curfew imposed by Acting Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i in parts of Garissa County.

Speaking in Masalani town while on his campaign trail, Jama termed the curfew as unjustified and out of touch saying, the CS had imposed a curfew in areas that had no record of insecurity incidents while areas where many IED attacks were witnessed have been exempted.

The curfew, the governor added “suspends the constitutional right to assemble by punishing the public for the misdeeds of few through deprivation of their constitutionally protected rights”

“Any order restricting constitutional rights must clearly communicate to the public when and where it will apply, articulate valid justifications for the restrictions, and provide ample alternative locations where people may gather to conduct their day to day activities”.

Nathif argued that the current order “falls short of those requirements.”

“I therefore, call on the CS to rescind his order declaring a curfew and restore to the people of Masalani and other affected areas their full protections enshrined in the constitution and other laws.” Jama said.

In a gazette notice last Sunday, Matiang’i had said the order shall be effected from July 9 to October 9, 2017 during the hours of darkness between the period of 6.30pm in the evening and 6.30am in the morning.

Hulugho Border Point, Galmagala, Sangailu, Masalani, Bodhai, Ijara in Garissa County are among areas where the curfew will apply.

Other areas include Milimani, Baure, Basuba, Mangai and Maralani, Hola, Garsen, Kipini, Kiunga and Ishakani/ Dar-es-Salaam Border Point Tana River and Lamu counties.


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By NepJournal July 11, 2017 22:11