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'Evacuating people from Mandera will hurt economy'

04 December 2014, 15:16 Joseph Njung'eh

Nyeri - Evacuating people from Mandera County because of the recent attacks will hurt economy, Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua has said.

Gachagua said that the government should work towards ensuring there is increased security in Mandera but not encouraging evacuation.

“The massive exodus of people running away from Mandera County is not the way to go but the government should increase security and surveillance. The exodus will hurt area economic growth,” said Gachagua.

Speaking after a meeting with Nyeri County commissioner, Micheal Ole Tialal, Gachagua said the government should declare war on the Al Shabaab terror group.

During the recent Mandera quarry attacks where 36 people were killed, 18 were reported to be from Nyeri county's Chaka area.

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Gachagua said his government will facilitate transportation of the bodies from Nairobi City Mortuary to Nyeri where they will laid to rest by their respective families.

He further announced that Mandera County government has given out KES 3 million to be disbursed to families of the deceased persons.

During the security meeting attended by County political and religious leaders, Governor Gachagua said plans were underway to see whether there can be a general requiem mass before burial.

An information and health desk has been set up at the Governor’s office with 12 counsellors to counsel the affected families.

Sheikh Uledi Majid condemned the killings stating that Islam does not advocate for any war but rather calls for peace.

“The perpetrators of these killings are not Muslims at all because nowhere in the Koran is written that you shall kill or fight,” said Sheikh Uledi.

He said all Sheikhs will work with the government and report any suspicious person in their mosques.

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