Dusk-to-dawn cur­few de­clared in Man­dera towns

Res­i­dents told to stay in­doors and in au­tho­rised premises un­less they get per­mis­sion to travel out­doors. Shabaab at­tacked guest house on Tues­day

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Ministries - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

The govern­ment has de­clared a onemonth cur­few in Man­dera county. Res­i­dents are re­stricted from move­ment be­tween 6.30pm and 6.30am.

A le­gal no­tice dated Oc­to­ber 27 and signed by In­te­rior CS Joseph Nkaissery states the cur­few ap­plies to Man­dera, Omar Jillo, Ara­bia, Fino, Lafey, Ko­tulo and El­wak towns and the en­vi­rons ex­tend­ing 20km from the Kenya-So­ma­lia bor­der.

“This or­der ap­plies to ev­ery per­son ex­cept un­der spe­cial con­di­tions of a writ­ten per­mit granted by the re­spec­tive deputy county com­mis­sioner. Re­main in­doors and in such other premises as may be au­tho­rised,” reads part of the le­gal no­tice.

The cur­few comes three days af­ter al Shabaab mil­i­tants at­tacked the Bishaaro Guest House in Man­dera town, killing 12 peo­ple and se­ri­ously in­jur­ing six oth­ers.

Mean­while, a Man­dera Anti-Ter­ror­ism Po­lice Unit of­fi­cer sought or­ders yes­ter­day to de­tain a man sus­pected of aid­ing the Tues­day morn­ing guest house at­tack. Con­sta­ble Stephen Opondo wants Ab­di­rah­man Ali de­tained for 10 days to give time to con­clude in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

Pros­e­cu­tion coun­sel Alene Mu­lama told the court in­ves­ti­ga­tions re­quire a multi-agency ap­proach. The court heard that Ab­di­rah­man, 21, a care­taker at the guest house, did not sleep at the premises on the night of the at­tack. The ac­cused slept at a room about 15 me­tres from the ho­tel. Ab­di­rah­man did not ob­ject to the de­ten­tion re­quest. He said he re­ported his sus­pi­cions of a ter­ror at­tack to a Kenya Po­lice Re­servist Post two weeks be­fore the at­tack. He said he spoke to an of­fi­cer by the name Hus­sein.

Ab­di­rah­man said no ac­tion was taken. The peo­ple stay­ing at the guest house were non-lo­cal uni­ver­sity stu­dents and set-book ac­tors in se­condary schools, and quarry work­ers.

Mu­lama told the court the pros­e­cu­tion be­lieves the ac­cused had in­for­ma­tion about the ter­ror at­tack and de­cided to sleep away from the ho­tel.

Res­i­dent mag­is­trate Dun­can Mtai granted the or­ders to de­tain Ab­di­rah­man for 10 days.

“The mat­ter lingers fresh in the minds of Kenyans and re­quires thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tions to not only bring per­pe­tra­tors of the at­tack to jus­tice, but curb ter­ror at­tacks in the fu­ture,” he said.



Kenya Red Cross So­ci­ety work­ers and po­lice of­fi­cers at the scene of de­struc­tion, fol­low­ing an at­tack of the Bishaaro Guest House in Man­dera town on Tues­day /

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