Kenya exempts Muslims from Lamu curfew

Police had earlier ordered a dawn-to-dusk curfew in the troubled Lamu county.

Kenya exempts Muslims from Lamu curfew

World Bulletin / News Desk

Kenyan authorities have decided to exempt Muslims from a dawn-to-dusk curfew ordered by in the troubled Lamu county.

"After consultations, arrangements have been made between Lamu county security committee, political and Muslim leaders to ensure that Ramadan timetable and prayers are not disrupted by the curfew," the Ministry of Interior said in a statement Monday.

Police Inspector General David Mwole Kimaiyo had ordered all residents of Lamu to remain indoors from 6.30pm to 6.30am for the next thirty days starting Sunday.

The curfew came two days after seven people, including four police officers, were killed when a Lamu-bound bus was attacked by militants. Somali's Al-Shabaab rebel group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

The decision drew immediate rebuke from Kenya's Muslim leaders who dismissed the measure as a violation of freedom of worship during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Aden Dualle, the Majority Leader of the National Assembly, had asked Muslims in Lamu to ignore the curfew.

The Monday statement, co-signed by Duale and Kimaiyo, said Muslims will go on with their nighttime prayers as per the Ramadan schedule.

The curfew will, however, continue to apply to non-Muslim Lamu residents. 

Güncelleme Tarihi: 22 Temmuz 2014, 10:20