By Adan Abdi.
A high level Government delegation visited Mandera County this morning in order to assess the situation following the recent spate of attacks by Al-Shabaab.
The team drawn from the Education, Health and Internal security ministries held lengthy discussion with the Governor and assured him and the resident of Mandera that there will be no service disruption following the attacks.
Education PS Dr. Belio Kipsang said that the Government and Kenyans at large will support Mandera County.
“We are not departing from Mandera in its hour of need. We are here to give our support,” Dr Kipsang said at the meeting.
He added that the government will put in place urgent measures to ensure school calender is not affected come January next year.
The PS also said that the Government will not accept transfer requests submitted by over 150 teachers from the County but will instead work with the County to beef up security in the area.
The County witnessed mass exodus of non-locals immediately after the attacks bringing to a halt essentials services provided by both the County and National governments.
More than 150 teachers and 50 health workers are feared to have fled the County.
Also affected are projects sponsored by the county government such as the construction of roads and buildings which also stalled as staff carrying out the work have also fled.
The team was led by Interior Principal Secretary, Amb. Dr. Monica Juma who was accompanied by her Counterparts Mutea Iringo, Defence, Dr. Belio Kipsan, Education, Mr. Nduva Muli, Transport and the Director for medical services Nicholas Muraguri among other top officials from the Ministries.
The Countie’s leadership has been holding series of meetings in the County over the last few days with all stake holders in order to strategize on how to curb the rising insecurity in Mandera.