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Duale calls on Lamu Muslims to ignore curfew order

20 July 2014, 15:01 William Korir

Nairobi - Leader of majority in parliament Aden Duale has told Muslims in Lamu to ignore the curfew order effected by the government until the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

He says that the curfew effected is unfair to Muslims who are in the midst of fasting.

Kimaiyo announced the curfew Saturday evening in his office, where he called on residents to adhere to the new rules to help police deal with the menace.

" Due to the rising insecurity in Lamu County I do hereby issue curfew orders within Lamu County from July 20 2014 to August 2014 from 6.30p.m. to 6.30a.m. Every person residing within Lamu County is directed to remain indoors during the period the curfew order is in force except under and in accordance with the terms and condition of a written permit granted by the police county commander, he said.

But Duale using his Twitter account Sunday, feels the order is unfair and that religion supersedes any government or law.

" Muslims in Lamu county must go to the mosques for last 10 days Ramadan prayers despite the curfew. Our religion is supersedes curfew order, he said.

" Maintaining security in Lamu county is paramount but denying Muslim faithful their religious obligation on this holy month is unacceptable, he insisted.

In making the curfew order, Kimaiyo had also declared Boni forest and close by areas illegal.

" To enforce the order there will be a commensurate increase in security personnel. Boni and adjoining forests are now henceforth prohibited areas and any person found in the there will be treated as a hostile suspect and apprehended forthwith.

And to add to the levels of security, he declared that all persons must travel with the help of police escorts when passing by that area.

" All public transport vehicles in Lamu and Garsen will only be allowed to move under police escort and officers will offer security for schools and other vital installations in the county. All police officers currently on leave should report back to their stations immediately, the IG ordered.

The move, the IG says, will help police deal with the current situation better as they seek to wrest control from the militia.

" We have to take measures that we feel will help the situation. The militia have instilled fear in the area and we want to change that, he said.

" The decision has been well thought out and I think it is necessary considering the state of affairs, he added.

Lamu has been hit by a spate of attacks in the last two months that have seen over 100 people die and many others injured as well as displaced.

Al Shabaab militia have taken responsibility for attacks but the government insists it is the work of politicians.

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