Governors condemn Mandera attack, call for swift government response

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By NepJournal October 25, 2016 15:35

Governors condemn Mandera attack, call for swift government response

By Abdiweli Aden:

Governors from the Frontier Counties in a strategy meeting ahead of the launch of an economic block in Marsabit on Tuesday.

Governors from the Frontier Counties in a strategy meeting ahead of the launch of an economic block in Marsabit on Tuesday.

Governors from the Frontier Counties have condemned the killing of up to 12 people in a Mandera terror attack on Tuesday.

Governors Ali Roba (Mandera), Issa Timamy (Lamu), Nathif Jama (Garissa) and Ahmed Abdullahi (Wajir) and Isiolo Deputy Governor Mohamed Guleid and Tana River representative Abdikadir Suleiman called the killings “bizarre, heinous and barbaric” and called on the government to arrest the situation in the wake of increasing terror attacks in the border county.

The leaders spoke in Marsabit Town where they pitched tent for the launch of an economic bloc for seven frontier counties named the Frontier Counties Development Council – FCDC

Mandera Governor Ali Roba who was himself a victim of terror attacks in the past said the attacks have badly affected the town’s economy and scared away non-locals.

“Last night’s attacks are the second in the past two weeks. We condemn the cowardly act,” Mr Roba said.

His Marsabit counterpart Ukur Yattani asked the government to save the region from degenerating into an insecurity zone.

“The insecurity is going to adversely affect the frontier counties. Part of the reason we are forming the economic bloc is to share security information and promote trade,” Mr Yattani said.

The leaders now want the government to recruit and deploy at least 300 national police reservists in Wajir, Mandera and Garissa counties, which are prone to attacks.

They also want the government to hasten the building of the Kenya-Somalia border wall.

 

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