Government announces 6pm to 6am curfew in 3 volatile counties

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has imposed a 6 pm to 6 am curfew in three Counties perceived to be volatile.

In a gazette notice dated Friday, August 6, 2021 Matiang’i stated that the Government have imposed curfew in Counties of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet and West Pokot following insecurity in the three counties.

In his statement, the Interior Cabinet Secretary warned that there would be no public gatherings and movement during the curfew hours that will take effect as from Saturday, August 7, 2021.

He however, stated that those who would be exempted must have written permission from the Inspector General of the National Police Service.

“This Order shall apply during the hours of darkness between six o’clock in the evening and six o’clock in the morning with effect from the 7th August, 2021 and shall remain in effect for a period of sixty days,” reads an excerpt of the notice.

Matiang’i has been meeting with area leaders to discuss the way forward on how peace can be maintained in an attempt to contain the insecurity situation in the three counties.

In a recent incident, a group of armed bandits attacked herders in the Kaben area of Elgeyo Marakwet, killing at least five people and injuring another five.

Reports reveals that 100 bandits were sported entering Elgeyo Marakwet County from Baringo County, targeting the Chepkorowo grazing field.

Government officials from the region suspected that the bandits are those who had staged attacks in Kapedo and escaped the security operations that took place in the area.

“Many armed bandits escaped. It seems they notified each other of the move to Marakwet,”Elgeyo Marakwet County Commissioner Ahmed Omar stated.

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