Civil servants told to quit Mandera after attack
30 November 2014, 11:06
Vihiga - Leaders in Vihiga County have asked civil servants working in Mandera County not to report back to their work stations after Christmas holidays, unless the government provides them with adequate security.
Led by Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi, area Governor Moses Akaranga, and Emuhaya MP Wilbur Ottichilo, the leaders said that the workers should only report back to duty after they have been assured promptly about their security.
“We cannot make a mistake of not heeding the grievances of our people who are at insecurity prone regions where they are being killed mercilessly every day. If the national government will act, the county government will look for available avenues so that our people can be fixed in some positions here,” said Agoi.
He spoke during the mass service for two victims of the Mandera bus attack, Hillary Jumba and Douglas Ligazo, at Ivona Primary School on Saturday, who both came from Sabatia constituency in the county.
During the moody service, residents, who turned up in large numbers to pay their last respects to the deceased, showed their displeasure with the loss of the two youths.
Agoi said that already the president had shown no care about the lives being lost due to insecurity by not owning up the mess and seeking for alternative ways of combating it.
These sentiments were echoed by Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale who said that most youths are being butchered away from their homes because of a serious unemployment crisis that President Uhuru Kenyatta has been unable to maintain.
Ottichilo said that despite over KES 50 billion having been given to the National Intelligence, there were no serious investigations going on in the country and thus the huge security threats imposed on Kenyans.
He also asked the national government to incorporate county government in issues of security as leaders on the ground were more informed and had a direct link to the people than those in Nairobi.
“Although security is still a national government function, we cannot downplay the important roles of the county leaders are playing. Failure by the various arms of government to heed Mandera Governors intelligence reports, have seen us lose 28 innocent people,” he said.
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Governor Akaranga said that it will be of no use for civil servants to endanger their lives by going back to Mandera as the national government had not lived to its expectations of protecting them fully.
Akaranga said that the lapse in security has been widened by greedy individuals in the national government, who have made it even difficult for counties to set up County Police Institutions.
The leaders said that President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto and other government officials had failed to show compassion to the families of those bereaved, yet during other tragedies, they have been attending and even offering material help.
In the last weeks following the Mandera bus attack that claimed 28 people, there has been unease in Mandera with civil servants asking to be evacuated and various unions calling for their members not to report back to duty in the region.
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