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Mandera leaders brush aside Saleh’s claim of clan militia involvement in attacks

By Mohamed Adow:


Mandera Governor lays the foundation of a pillar of the wall Kenya was building in its border with Somalia. Photo/File.

Mandera governor Ali Roba and Senator Billow Kerrow have criticized North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh following the RC’s recent statement associating the Mandera bound buses attack to local militia and ruling out Al Shabaab involvement.

Mr. Roba in his twitter said that Saleh’s statement was reckless and inciting clans into conflict when there is no active clan rivalry in Mandera County.

He added that the Regional Coordinator should not cover gaps in security by giving non-existent dimensions to the Al Shabaab threat in Mandera County.

On other hand Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow dismissed Saleh’s remarks as hogwash meant to deceive Kenyans.

This tirades follow Friday’s attack between Elwak and Wargadud on two Mandera bound buses that left six people dead and several others injured.

Mr. Roba said that the government has to take responsibility for failing to menace and secure its borders from the merciless terrorist group.

He said a key request to this effect North Eastern leaders made to President Uhuru in his recent visit to the region was to be acted on.

“Northern Kenya leaders requested the government to recruit 900 Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) in Mandera, Wajir and Garissa counties to fight Al-Shabaab but the government turned down the request.” Said Mr. Roba

The governor said reservists’ knowledge of the local dynamics will give them an upper hand over the Somalia based terror group.



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