Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i in a Gazette notice dated May 31 said the region, which had seen a surge in inter-ethnic attacks before the just-lapsed curfew was imposed, still faced a serious threat to security and public order.
He further noted that there shall be no public gatherings, processions, or movement, either alone or as a group during the period of the curfew.
The only exemption to be granted, Dr. Matiangi added, will be for gatherings permitted in writing by the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai.
While describing the situation in Marsabit as a “matter of grave concern”, Dr. Matiang’i announced the curfew on May 2, running in tandem with a disarmament exercise targeting illegal guns and ammunition.
He further castigated political leaders who have frustrated previous attempts to pacify the area amid animosity between the Borana and Gabra communities that has progressively boiled over.
According to the CS, rival groups have been armed and transformed into competitive political militias meting out violence on innocent civilians in what has become one of the costliest security challenges in the country.
Security teams drawn from the GSU, the Rapid Deployment Unit, the Quick Response Unit, and the Anti Stock Theft Unit, among others, have since been deployed to the Sololo area where suspected Oromo Liberation Front militias are active.
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