NGO WANTS MANDERA CURFEW LIFTED.

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Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaisery who has extend the Mandera County curfew for three months.

BY NT CORRESPONDENT.

The decision by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaisery to extend the Mandera County curfew for three months is strongly opposed.

A northern Lobby group, Northern Advocacy Organization have filed a suit at the high court arguing that the extension will have serious ramifications on the enjoyment of several fundamental rights and freedoms of the people of Mandera.

The NGO wants the court to order Nkaisery to lift the curfew and declare that the said curfew is illegal and unconstitutional.

The petition states that Mandera County’s freedom of movement, worship and economic rights have been violated.

In a certificate of urgency filed last Friday, the lobby group argues that the previous curfew that lasted for five months has not worked since no investigations have been conducted and no suspects arrested following the terror attack at a guest house in Mandera town on the 25th of last year.

They argue that the said curfew has seriously affected evening prayers conducted by the Muslim Community.

Last week, the government extended the 12-hour curfew imposed in Mandera on December 27 last year by three months.

Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery said the order applies to Mandera Town, Omar Jillo, Arabia, Fino, Lafey Kotulo, and Elwak.

The curfew also applies to environs of the said locations, extending 20km from the Kenya-Somalia border.

Proceedings to resume.

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