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Construction of Kenya-Somali border wall useless, says CORD

17 April 2015, 09:18 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - CORD senators have said that the government's plan to erect a 1 000-kilometer wall along the Kenya-Somalia border will not deter terror attacks from being conducted within the country.

The government resolved to build a perimeter wall along the Kenya-Somalia border to prevent the entry of terrorists and other illegal immigrants into the country.

The border is also seen an entry point for illegal weapons and drugs into the country.

Speaking to the press during a Senate and County Assembly's consultative forum, Senate Minority Leader, Moses Wetang'ula said the construction of the wall will not deter Al Shabaab from attacking Kenya and will be costly to maintain.

“The US- Mexican border wall, Israeli-Palestine border wall are some of the examples where a border wall has not worked, and it is unlikely that it will work in Kenya,” Wetangula said.

He also questioned the procurement procedure that was used to work the cost of the border wall which he termed as suspect and warned that corruption could have played a hand in the erection of the border wall.

“The Jubilee government has mismanaged the country's security situation and the erection of the perimeter wall is one that smacks of recklessness and ill advisement,” the CORD leader said.

He added that the lack of accountability as to the true cost of setting up the wall is likely to result in having a project that the country cannot fund fully.

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“The national government is better of improving on its intelligence gathering and rapid response units rather than engaging in reckless policies that have so far left hundreds dead,” Wetangula said.

He also condemned recent media reports that there should be a return of compulsory pre-university paramilitary training by the National Youth Service, as announced by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Ann Waiguru.

The Devolution CS had stated that this was part of the government's efforts to counter terrorism and radicalization.

The Bungoma senator stated that the cabinet secretary's statements should only be arrived at as an Act of Parliament.

He also termed the recent remarks by Deputy President William Ruto to close the Dadaab refugee camp as unfortunate, saying that Kenya is bound by international treaties, for which it would be a gross violation if the country closes its borders to refugees.

“In order for Kenya to close its borders, there needs to be ample discussions between the government and the United Nations to resolve the relocation of the Daadab Camp.

However, Meru County Senator Kiraitu Murungi stated that the sentiments expressed by opposition leaders should be done so in good faith especially in matters pertaining to the country's security.

He appealed to the opposition and the ruling coalition to come together in formulating policies that will end the spread of radicalization and terrorism in the country.

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