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Lamu curfew a 'success', as Kimaiyo extends order

20 September 2014, 16:00 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The curfew executed in Lamu is a success, according to locals, with Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo extending the order for another month.

The curfew was put in place two months ago by Kimaiyo, with the state of security in the area still not up to scratch after several attacks which accounted for the lives of over 100 people and displacement of thousands.

And with the area calm in the face of renewed police activity especially during the night hours, Kimaiyo has further extended the period to ease pressure in the area.

" I've this morning extended curfew orders within Lamu County from 21st September to 22nd October 2014 from 6.30 pm to 6.30 am, he said in a statement released Saturday.

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He added that it was good to see Lamu residents support the initiative despite the nature of its execution.

" I assure the Lamu County residents that during the operations, their rights will be protected and their security will always be our priority ", he added.

Kimaiyo further urged Lamu residents to continue cooperating with security agencies during the current operations.

" I urge Lamu County residents to continue with this spirit and share any information for a subsequent secure environment and for better results ", he continued.

According to Lamu residents, the curfew has worked a trick by curtailing movement especially during the night hours.

Masoud Omar, a resident of Witu, which has seen some of the worst attacks in the area says that he is happy with the calm.

" The situation has improved in the last two months and we hope that it remains in the same state for the coming weeks as we get back to normal, he said.

His view though, is not shared by all, with others feeling the economic burden of the curfew.

Elisha Mwagongo operates a Boda Boda service in the area and says the curfew has affected him ten fold.

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" It has not been good for work because most of the activity we had was in the night times and now we are operating at more or less 20% ", he said.

" I understand that we are trying to solve a problem and I hope it ends soon so that our lives can get back to normal ", he added.

Kimaiyo says that with continued cooperation, the curfew will be lifted soon.

" We understand that the people of Lamu have taken many sacrifices to cooperate with this initiative and the hope is that it will end soon and they can operate as normally as other Kenyans ", he said.

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