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County officials asks government to up hold rights of indigenous people living in Boni Forest

By Hussein Ahmed:

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The newly opened Garissa County public park.

A senior Garissa County official has called on the National government to ensure civilians do not suffer in the ongoing operations to clear Al-shabaab from Boni.

Speaking at the General Mohamud grounds where locals converged for the Eid-ul-adha prayers, County Secretary Mohamud Hassan Mursal said that indigenous people living in and around the forest were already suffering in the hands of the Somali militants and therefore it would be wise if the government can avoid to be seen as another occupying force.

He however commended local security agencies for bringing sanity back to the region following the deadly April 2 Garissa University college terror attack.

Mursal later officially opened the Garissa county public park whose construction has taken time to complete. The park gave children where to play and for the first time, they did not have to cross the bridge to Mororo where they erstwhile trooped to on similar occasions.

On the same note, the County official announced a return to work formula was agreed with striking health workers who downed their tools at the Garissa County Referral Hospital leading to the deaths of two infants.

He said their August salaries have now been paid and attributed the delay to the late arrival of funds from the National Treasury.

Mursal assured county employees that they will work to see similar scenarios do not happen again in the future across all departments of the County.

Governor Nathif Jama, his deputy Abdullahi Hussein and the The County Speaker Mohamed Abbey did not attend the event as they were said to be out of the country for the annual Mulsim pilgrimage – Hajj.



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