Deputy President William Ruto came under sharp criticism from a section of Marsabit residents and political leaders for condemning the dusk-to-dawn curfew imposed in the region following a spate of insecurity.
This comes after Ruto, who was speaking during a campaign in Marsabit on Wednesday, July 6, criticized the curfew imposed by the government in the county to curb insecurity.
"The imposition of curfews to manage insecurity in any part of the country is short-term; it is not the solution to the problem," he said.
The residents, led by SAKU parliamentary candidate Barille Abduba termed Ruto's sentiments as ill-advised, stating that his comments did not align with the affairs on the ground.
"The statements made by DP Ruto on Wednesday about the security situation in Marsabit were not in tandem with the general affairs on the ground," SAKU parliamentary candidate Barille Abduba stated.
"Indeed, the curfew was timely and the security presence here is even below par as we would have wanted more officers to be deployed."
While reiterating that the DP's comments were misguided, the wiper candidate noted that the curfew and security operation had significantly reduced death cases in the region, lauding the government for the new measures set.
Marsabit residents notice changes after curfew
It is reported that no mass deaths have been witnessed since security boss Fred Matiang'i imposed new measures to avert insecurity in the region.
The measures set included a dusk-to-dawn curfew and a security operation launched in the region.
So far, residents attest that business has resumed as they pick up from where they left.