By Farah Adan.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaiserry has reassured teachers of their safety and urged them to resume duties in Mandera.
The CS said that the Government has put in place strict security measures that brought the situation under control and that there was no need to fear any more.
Nkaissery added that all public transport vehicles to and from Mandera are given armed escort while security has also been beefed up along the borders.
“I want to encourage and request the teachers just to be brave enough like all the citizens in Mandera and go back and perform their duties because there is security and we shall provide security for them,” he said.
He was speaking to journalists on Wednesday following a sit-in by more than 1000 teachers at the Teachers Service Commission offices in Nairobi.
The teachers are demanding mass transfers from Mandera, Wajir and Garissa following successive attacks in Mandera in which more than 64 innocent Kenyans most of them teachers and quarry workers were brutally killed by Al-Shabaab militia in November and December 2014.
Most of the attacks in which many lives were lost took place in Mandera although Wajir and Garissa also witnessed several grenade attacks.
Most residents of the three affected counties interviewed by Nepjournal feel that the teachers are capitalizing on the attacks to demand the transfers.
This is due to the fact that local residents have all along lived in peace with their colleagues from the rest of the Country.
The action by the teachers is therefore seen as giving in to the aim of the terror group that carried out the raids which was solely to divide Kenyans along ethnic and religious lines.