Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i Monday declared a month-long curfew and operation in Marsabit county to enhance a disarmament exercise over insecurity.
He also said Komu subcounty in Isiolo and Sololo area near the Kenya-Ethiopia border will be affected by the dusk to dawn curfew.
“Effective from 6pm on May 2 we have placed the whole of Marsabit county under curfew to be followed by an operation to rid of illegal guns causing havoc there. Leaders in the area are urged to cooperate,” Matiang’i said.
The CS said they had in the past week mobilised enough personnel for the operation and they are already on the ground ready for the same.
He said the operation and curfew will run for 30 days between 6pm and 6am.
Matiang’i said the operation may be extended until they get rid of the illegal weapons.
He blamed the insecurity in the area on some leaders who are arming militias from their clans.
The announcement was made at the General Service Unit after a meeting attended by interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho, Inspector General of police Hilary Mutyambai, his deputy Edward Mbugua, GSU commandant Douglas Kanja, chairman of National Cohesion and Integration Commission Samuel Kobia and other top officials.
Officials said special forces are among those on the ground to conduct the operation which will also affect Komu, Merti in Isiolo and parts of Sololo near the border.