Kenya: Kenyan curfew imposed after series of Al Shabaab attacks enforced

Nairobi, Kenya (PANA) - A dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed on 16 locations worst-affected by Islamist terror attacks in north eastern and coastal region in Kenya, comes into effect on Sunday.

Kenya's newly appointed Interior minister Fred Matiangi imposed the curfew on Saturday in a legal notice published hours after one of the deadliest terror attacks in Lamu, near the coastal border with Somalia.

There was confusion after the sudden death of Joseph Nkaissery, who held the security docket and was leading the fight against the Al Shabaab and another deadly terror attack in Lamu.

President Uhuru Kenyatta convened a national security meeting at State House, which came up with a raft of new measures, including the curfew in the counties of Lamu, Tana River and Garissa, where the attacks have intensified.

An attack on Jima village in Witu, Lamu Island on the Indian ocean  left nine people dead.

The attackers targeted non-Muslims in what is being suspected to be a ploy to uproot non-local voters from the region.

On Sunday, the Kenyan government said as the nation continues to come to terms with the sorrowful and sudden demise of Interior Cabinet Secretary, Major General Nkaissery (Rtd), a funeral committee was formed to lead preparations for his burial.

President Kenyatta's Chief of Staff, Joseph Kinyua, said the family of Major General Nkaissery appointed Mr. Saitoti Ole Maika as the family spokesperson.

"The Government has today (Sunday) formed a funeral committee to work alongside the family of the late Cabinet Secretary," Kinyua said.

The Committee will be chaired by Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu.

Kinyua said the terms of reference of the Committee will be to provide all possible assistance to the family of the departed colleague.

"The Committee will ensure the late Cabinet Secretary receives an honourable and dignified sendoff befitting his status as a gallant and true patriot," Kinyua said.

The government pledged to issue regular public information updates jointly with the specially appointed family and government spokespersons.
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09 july 2017 12:32:18




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