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County pledges KES 650 000 to families of terror attack victims

13 April 2015, 10:19 Mwangi Karanja

Kitale - The County government of Trans Nzoia has bought land for families of Garissa university terror attack victims who do not have land.

Speaking Saturday in Kiminini during the burial of one of the victims, Trans Nzoia Governor Patrick Khaemba further said that his administration will give the 13 affected families KES 50 000 each to help with burial arrangements.

He said some of the families had no land to bury their dead kins as some had sold it to educate their children.

In his address to the mourners, the Governor urged the national government to beef up security in all learning institutions across the country adding that the anti-social acts being witnessed in the country are too much to bear.

“The government needs to relook into its security strategies as response to attacks has been poor owing to lack of coordination among the security agencies,” he said.

Khaemba said that by shifting their wars to learning institutions, the Al Shaabab terror group could destroy the education sector in the country which would have drastic effect on the economy.

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“We need to protect our country from these people who are planning to destroy the economy by scaring away young people who want to get education. We may soon lack skilled labour because people will fear going to school,” he said.

Meanwhile, area County Commissioner Stephen Ikua challenged Kenyans to support laws that will help curb terrorism among other criminal acts in the country.

Speaking at the funeral service for one of the Garissa attack casualties, Clinton Kefa Nyang’au, at Chisare village in Cherangany sub-County Sunday, Ikua said the government was doing all it can to curb criminal activities in the county.

He however regretted that some people were opposed to the Security Amendment laws passed by parliament, calling upon the public to support community policing so as to help eliminate criminals from the society.

Ikua pointed out that the laws, which called for isolation of suspected criminals from the community until they proved innocent, were good but did not get enough support.

He further challenged members of the public to be strong enough to resist those instigating religious wars through creation of false denominations and altering the Holy Scriptures.

The County Commissioner asked the clergy to teach their flocks according to the scriptures, observing that majority of their followers follow their teachings without reading the holy books.

Ikua also warned those altering the holy teachings with the motive of dividing Kenyans on religious lines saying the government will not relent on war against crime.

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