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Coalition govt blamed for focusing on succesion politics

23 May 2012, 12:06 Alloys Musyoka

An Assistant Minister has accused the two principals in the coalition government for concentrating efforts on politics instead of putting emphasis on security matter in the country.

Major (rtd) Dhadho Godhana, Livestock assistant Minister said President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga have steered the country to emphasize on succession politics instead of dealing with burning issues of insecurity in some regions of the county.

Insecurity, he said is one of the pertinent issues in Tana River County which the government has paid a deaf ear for long time now.

“Instead of emphasizing on succession politics in the country Kibaki and Raila, they should have solved the issue of insecurity in Tana River County,” he posed.

Major (rtd) Godhana called on the coalition government to put up security measures to protect Tana River residents by seeking lasting solution to the problem.

Recently, he said there has been influx of foreigners entering the area from neighboring Somalia which posed a great threat to residents.

Especially the time when the country had declared war on Somalia militants, he said government should step in and provide security to Tana River residents instead on concentrating efforts on politics.

“The government is aware insecurity problem in Tana River but it is paying a deaf ear because such problems existed since independence. We don’t know why the government has failed to secure the country’s borders,” he lamented.

He said most of insecurity cases in some parts of Tana River County are caused by foreigners who sneaked in the country from Somalia.

Addressing locals at Mnazini village in Garsen constituency, the assistant Minister said areas like Boka, Kamaguru, Bangale, Komba, Malalulu  and Laza are mostly affected by insecurity cases.

He however warned residents in the area against harboring foreigners who later turn to be a long lasting insecurity problem in the area.

“Most of you have helped such people which is dangerous. We urge you to desist from such habits,” he said.

He also warned residents who assist foreigners in obtaining identity cards, adding that it makes it difficult for security authorities to protect them.

The assistant Minister's sentiments comes barely a few days after Raila Odinga and his deputy Musalia Mudavadi held different highly charged political rallies in Mombasa while Uhuru Kenyatta officially launched his TNA party on Sunday.

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