GARISSA—The government has declared a dusk to dawn curfew in parts of Garissa County due to increased criminal attacks fueled by land conflicts.
In a statement, Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi says that the attacks have resulted in loss of life and destruction of property.
He further stated that the situation has also created tension within the affected areas.
“Additional security agencies have been mobilized and deployed to the area. Twenty three suspects are currently in police custody over the incidences and will be processed upon the completion of investigations,” Matiangi stated.
These areas include Bulla Othan and Bulla Mzuri (Waberi East location), Bulla Takawal (Waberi West location) and Bulla Rakhama (Iftin location); all in Garissa Central.
All land surveys, adjudications, issuance of title deeds, and transactions in the said areas have also been suspended until further notice, while additional security agents have been deployed in an effort to quell the rising insecurity incidents.
“Further, it has been ordered that there be an immediate recruitment and deployment of chiefs to Tawakal and Bulla Mzuri locations within the disturbed areas,” the CS said in a statement on Wednesday.
“Elected leaders from the area have been invited to an urgent meeting to deliberate on peace restoration and lasting inter-clan coexistence.”
According to CS Matiang’i, approximately 23 suspects have been arrested in connection to the insecurity cases which have led to loss of life and destruction of property in the area.