By Farah Adan
Leaders from Mandera County today held lengthy discussions with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House Nairobi following the recent spate of killings by Al-Shabaab in the County.
Addressing the press immediately after the meeting, Mandera Governor Hon. Ali Roba said that they assured the President of their support to the Government in its bid to protect Kenyans from terror attacks.
The Governor added that what is happening in Mandera had nothing to do with religion and urged Kenyans not to fall for the work of terrorists whose aim was to divide the Country along religious lines.
In a post on his Facebook page, the president confirmed the leaders committed themselves to fight terror and encourage local communities to play their role to curb radicalization of the youth.
“Today I held a lengthy meeting with leaders from Mandera County. They have committed themselves to fully support all actions by Government to secure peace and protect Kenyans against the threats of terror. They also committed to deal with sympathizers of the terror group and that communities in the region will play their role in confronting radicalization” said President Uhuru.
Al-Shabaab carried out two deadly attacks in the County in the span of two weeks where they killed a total of 64 innocent civilians.
Wajir and Garissa Counties were also hit by numerous grenade attacks.
The other leaders who met the President and attended the press conference included Mandera County Senator Billow Kerrow, Abdulaziz Farah (Mandera East MP), Shabaan Issack (Lafey MP), Hassan Osman (Nominated MP and chairman of UDF), Mohamed Huka (Mandera South MP) and Mohamed Abdi Haji (Banissa MP).
The Meeting was also attended by Garissa township MP and Leader of Majority Hon. Aden Duale and Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Enterprise Development Mr. Adan Mohamed.