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"Being members of terror gangs doesn't make you heroes"

22 May 2015, 08:03 Jackson Okata

Nakuru - Nakuru County Governor, Kinuthia Mbugua has said that the increasing reports of youth radicalisation is worrying.

Speaking Thursday after issuing cheques to assist 30 survivors of the Garissa University terror attack in Nakuru, Mbugua said that parents and religious leaders have a big role to play in talking to the youth on this issue.

He appealed to the youth to understand that being members of a terror gang does not make them heroes.

"We should no longer call terrorism by any other name because they take it as a heroic act. It’s a high time we called it as it is, a crime, so that they will be ashamed to be called criminals," he said.

Mbugua also told youths that being identified with terrorism is not fashionable.

The 30 survivors from different sub-counties in Nakuru County have been going through psychological counseling by the Kenya Counseling and Psychological Association in partnership with the Nakuru County Government.

Read Also: Garissa attack survivors readmitted at Moi university

Governor Mbugua said the County saw it fit to assist them in meeting some of the basic needs before going to the Moi University main campus in Eldoret where they are reporting this week to continue with their studies.

He commended them for accepting to go through counseling, a move that he said will assist them in overcoming their bitter past.

"Let us not continue feeling bitter. Let us treat what happened as a mishap in life. We should not retain the bitterness at all," he advised the students.

The Governor also called on Kenyans not to be divided along religious lines adding that terrorism is not a religious issue.

"Let us isolate perpetrators as individuals. It’s neither a religion nor a community affair," he said.

On his part, the Nakuru County Commissioner Mohammed Birik said they are investigating five reported cases of missing youth who are suspected to have joined terror groups.

Birik said that the cases have been reported in Pipeline, Bahati and Nakuru Town.

He called on parents to be vigilant and know the whereabouts of their children all the time, and called on residents to embrace Nyumba Kumi initiative.

Nakuru County lost four students in the Garissa attack.

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