County Commissioner (CC) Henry Wafula has clarified that the 30 day
dusk to dawn curfew imposed in Samburu County does not affect
residents of Maralal town.
In a special issue of a gazette notice dated February 13, 2023, the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and National Administration Prof. Kithure Kindiki ordered that the curfew in Samburu County shall be effected in other areas but not Kirisia Division in Samburu Central where Maralal town domiciles.
"I want to clarify that Kirisia Division is not under curfew as earlier communicated. The areas affected in Samburu central are Malaso Division and Loroki Division which borders Baringo County also under curfew is Baragoi town in Samburu North and Wamba area in Samburu East which borders Isiolo County," Wafula clarified.
The CC assured the business community in Maralal town of their safety saying that they should continue operating without fear of security operations.
He added the roadblock between Samburu and Laikipa counties will be reinforced with additional security personnel in order to curb the smuggling of illegal firearms which are a major source of insecurity.
At the same time Wafula urged those in possession of illegal firearms to take advantage of the three day presidential amnesty and return them without facing prosecution adding that failure to do so will be at their own peril.
"There is no need for residents of Samburu County to own guns since the government has added over 900 armed National Police Reservists to assist the police in fighting bandits and cattle rustlers," the CC noted.
Other counties slapped with the dusk to dawn curfew due to banditry and cattle rustling include Turkana, Laikipa, West Pokot and Elgeyo Marakwet.