Lamu County police commander Perminius Kioi said yesterday the curfew will enable security agencies to monitor and conduct a crackdown on any suspicious criminal activities on the island, listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
"The curfew is meant to allow security agencies in the area to easily access, monitor and investigate suspicious activities during the set time," Kioi told reporters.
The curfew begins at 10 p.m. to 4.a.m. daily, the law enforcer stated, urging the local community to adhere to the curfew in order to boost government efforts to restore calm in the county.
The police commander said the public service vehicles, private vehicles and motorcycles, will undergo thorough security checkups in the highways and other ports of entry.
The curfew was announced in the wake of an al-Shabaab attack on a joint Kenya-United States military base where one U.S. military officer and two contractors died.
Four people died on Jan. 2 when al-Shabaab militants attacked a bus plying the Mombasa-Lamu highway, he added.