Muslim MPs demand immediate lifting of Lamu curfew
28 November 2014, 12:30
Nairobi – Muslim MPs have faulted the government’s move to extend the Lamu curfew and called for its immediate lifting saying it has affected the county’s economy, cultural activities and religious practices.
The 23 MPs led by Lamu County MP, Shakila Abdallah, said the government should come out clearly on why it is indefinitely extending the unlawful curfew.
“The government should tell us which law is being applied in extending the Lamu curfew for six months now and what it wants residents to do that they are not doing to deserve such indefinite curfew extension,” said Abdallah.
She claimed the curfew has not helped in reducing crime in the region since cases of theft are on the rise despite residents staying indoors from 6am to 6pm.
Abdallah challenged the government to use friendly ways to provide security in volatile regions other than issuing curfews that limit residents from carrying on with their daily business activities.
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“The President while in United Arab Emirates called on international partners to lift their issued travelling bans but he is putting curfews in tourism zones in the country. Lamu people are suffering because they cannot go out at night for fishing which is their main source of income and tourism,” said Abdallah.
Mandera Senator, Billow Kerrow, claimed that the government has hidden agenda to undermine the Lamu economy by continuously extending the curfew in the county and called for the involvement of leaders from insecurity-bound regions in seeking solutions.
“We have been asking the government to involve Lamu and Mandera leaders on security issues yet it ignores. How does security start with me as the President says when we are not involved by the government?” posed Kerrow.
“There has been insecurity in Baragoi, Baringo, Mandera and the Westgate attack but no curfew was issued in these regions. We therefore call for lifting of the Lamu curfew because the residents deserve similar security measures the government provides to other regions,” he added.
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However, Kerrow warned the government against associating Al-Shabaab terrorists with Muslims arguing that many Muslims both in Kenya and Somalia have suffered in the hands of the militia group.
He also cautioned the President and his deputy against considering Muslim leaders as sympathizers of criminals because of their call for the reopening of closed mosques in Mombasa following recent security operations in the region.
“It is unacceptable for the President and his deputy to criticize Muslim MPs demanding the reopening of the four closed mosques. Indeed, it is our constitutional right to safeguard the interests of our people and play an oversight role on the government’s operations,” said Kerrow.
TheMPs were speaking at a press conference at Parliament Buildings Thursday.
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