By Shekhey Ahmed, Wajir.
Wajir East Member of Parliament Abass Sheikh has yesterday condemned the security operation in Eastleigh and the subsequent confinement of the Somali refugees at Kasarani concentration camp.
Speaking at an inspection expedition on Wajir county roads, Abass said the jubilee government has betrayed leaders from Northern Kenya by failing to honor its promise to end what he termed as ‘incursions’ against the Somali community in Kenya.
“We all leaders from Somali Community had a meeting with the Deputy President H.E William Ruto and head of security forces and they promised us they will stop the operation but they didn’t fulfill their promise”, Abass Said.
His sentiments are coming days after parliamentary majority leader Adan Duale threatened to resign if the government continues with the security operations in Eastleigh.
“The reports we are getting is that those confined at Kasarani are in deplorable conditions, their loved ones are not allowed to visit them, and the diabetics were denied their dose of insulin.
There are instances where pregnant mothers delivered inside the camps while those outside the camps are robbed of their valuables. This is unacceptable in this era of democracy” He said adding that the Geneva Convention has allowed Refugees to live in the Capital.
Abass who won the Wajir East parliamentary seat on a URP ticket accused the government of putting efforts on the cure rather than prevention. He said had they tightened security at the border and put tight measures on issuance of identification documents, insecurity would have been minimal.
Terrorists he said do not operate in vacuum and emphasized on the need to report suspicious characters to the security apparatus.
“Terrorists have no religion or race and the war against such vice should be individualized and not ethnicized” emphasized the Wajir East Legislator.
The current security operation in the Somali dominated business hub has created political rift in the ruling party with some legislators calling the national assembly majority leader terrorist sympathizer.
The impact of the security operations in Eastleigh is evident in the transport sector especially those PSV vehicles that operate along Nairobi, Wajir and Mandera for fear of victimization.
Passenger Service Vehicles from the northern part of the country are said to be reaching Nairobi near empty as passengers avoid the security operations that saw over 600 security officers deployed to Eastleigh.