THE government has finally lifted the curfew imposed on five northeastern and Coastal region counties. This is a few days after the government also lifted the

suspension of licenses of 13 somali owned money transfer companies as well as the four bus companies in the country’s north Eastern region,which were given the green light to remain in business. However interior Cabinet secretary Joseph nkaissery said the curfew would not apply during the Muslim holy month of Ramadhan and that the government would monitor the situation for a review. On June 19,in his goodwill message to Muslims at the onset of the Holy month of Ramadhan, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the Cabinet secretary and security agencies to review the curfew and security measures introduced by government in the five counties to enable Muslims to fulfil their religious obligations without any impediment. The President also asked nkaissery and inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet to enhance security throughout the country during the period.

“aware that the enemies of our country may wish to exploit this season, i call upon the entire Muslim fraternity and its leadership to remain vigilant and co-operate fully with the security agencies to make this holy month safe,” President Kenyatta said. The government imposed a dusk to dawn curfew on Garissa, Wajir, Mandera and Tana River counties following the deadly Garissa University College attack on april 2 by al shabaab militants where 147 people were reported killed. The curfew had earlier also been imposed on Lamu county following the killing of 60 people in Mpeketoni. The Council of imams and Preachers of Kenya(CiPK) has lauded the government for listening the concerns of Muslims and considering by lifting the curfew in the five counties.

National chairman sheikh abdalla ateka said the move will now allow the Muslim faithful undertake their religious obligations without any hindrances. ateka however called on the government to ensure that security of the Muslim faithful and their constitutional rights are guaranteed and respected and that they are not harassed by security apparatus. He urged Muslims to cooperate with security agencies and report suspicious elements in order to combat crime incidences, stressing that they should make peace and unity their priority during the ongoing month of Ramadhan for peaceful coexistence. On June 22, the Central Bank of Kenya lifted the suspension on 13 money remittance companies which were among blacklisted organizations and individuals who were alleged to have links with terrorism. The banking regulator allowed the companies which include Dahabshil, the largest money transfer firm in africa to resume normal operations. Other money transfer companies that were suspended on april 10 and are now back in business include, Hodan Global, Tawakal, UaE Exchange, Kendy and Continental money transfers

President Uhuru Kenyatta instructed CBK to issue comprehensive regulations for the operations of the money remittance providers and subsequently lift the ban.
“in the light of this ,i direct the Central Bank of Kenya to immediately issue comprehensive regulations that guide the operation of MRPs, upon which their suspension would be lifted,” said the President in a statement. In a letter dated June 22 , the national Transport and safety authority also granted E-coach, G-coach, City to City and sabrin bus services the authority transact business subject to their insurance licenses being reinstated as well by the insurance regulatory authority. NTSA asked management of the bus companies to ensure there is a proper record of manifest for all passengers being ferried and that no passenger will be ferried without identification cards.

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