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Lobby group slams Lamu curfew extension

22 August 2014, 09:13 Ken Wekesa

Lamu - A lobby group in Mombasa has slammed the extension of the curfew imposed in the county by the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo and called upon leaders to oppose the curfew.

Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) have said the curfew has affected the livelihood and the economy of Lamu people.

MUHURI said they have received reports of human rights violation by state security agencies in the ongoing security operation in the region.

In a press release, the lobby group claims the reports include arbitrary arrest, forced disappearance, extortion and sexual harassment.

The Deputy Executive Director for MUHURI, Rahma Abbas said many communities in the region are living in isolation from the rest Kenyans owing to the ongoing curfew.

The lobby group said the curfew has heavily disrupted the livelihood of Awer and Boni ethnic groups who rely largely on selling forest products, and also affected the fishing industry in the region.

The group has urged the government to withdraw the curfew and impose a more suitable sanction to handle the situation to avoid alienating the locals.

MUHURI's reaction comes a day after the Inspector General of Police David Kimayo extended the curfew imposed on residents for a month to enable the police complete the ongoing hunt down of criminals who allegedly murdered over 60 people in June.

Kimayio had also said Boni forest was a restricted area for the locals during the period to enable police forces to  flash out the alleged attackers suspected to be hiding in the forest.

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