By Abdiweli Aden and Abdinasir Madey
Mandera County Government may cease operation should its monies not be released by the National Treasury, Governor Ali Roba has said.
Speaking when he led residents to mark this year’s Heroes Day in Mandera, Roba said that development projects as well as official functions will be derailed should the 2.5billion for the County not arrive in time.
“The National Treasury has delayed the release of funds to the counties, which has resulted in delayed payment of bills thereby causing anxiety among workers and suppliers” Roba said.
On matters security, the Governor thanked security personnel for the selfless surface they rendered to ensure the county was safe.
He also thanked other civil servants including nurses and teachers some of whom remained behind in the wake of mass exodus by their colleagues.
Township MCA Feisal Mohamed urged the County commissioner to ensure taxi operators in the town were not arrested and called for the unconditional release of the taxis that were currently in detention.
“I am appealing to the commissioner to end the impunity with which taxi operators are being treated. It is shameful to see crying mothers and old men whose source of income were the taxis lining up at the police yard on daily basis for all this months” he said.
His call comes in the wake of accusation leveled against some police officers who were reportedly seen driving in the town some of the vehicles confiscated from the operators.
Feisal also encouraged residents of the town to desist from bribing security officers and report any harassment to the relevant authorities.
His sentiments were echoed by Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow who also joined him in calling for the release of the taxis.
Kerrow welcomed the newly appointed County Commissioner Fredrick Shisisa and assured him of the support of the County leadership.