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KNUT orders teachers, students transfered from north Eastern

16 June 2015, 13:21 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Kenya National Union of Teachers KNUT has ordered teachers to leave the northern parts of the country with immediate effect until the government guarantees their security.

KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion said Tuesday that the move was not meant to destabilize the education sector but to ensure that teachers are well taken care of.

He added that reports on the ground had stated that the Al Shabaab militia were ready for repeated attacks and especially during the holy month of Ramadhan and that as a result, teachers are not safe.

" Teachers are not safe and the government has not guaranteed us of the same, so I urge teachers to leave as soon as possible," he ordered.

The government has admitted that the Al Shabaab militia group is set to target the north Eastern region during the month of Ramadhan, but insisted that it is on top of the matter.

Inspector General of Police, Joseph Boinett revealed Sunday that security forces are on high alert following a firefight with Al-Shabaab militants outside military camp and intelligence about attempted attacks in the coastal and northeastern regions.

Boinett said terrorists might be targeting learning institutions and government buildings mainly in Nairobi, Mombasa and northern Kenya, but assured that "police will foil any such attempts."

"Consequently, security agencies have in response, enhanced alertness across the country and carrying out security operations to ensure evil plans by these desperate criminals do not succeed," Boinett said in a statement.

At the beginning of the year, non Muslim teachers said that they would not return to the region after 24 of their colleagues were killed by Shabaab militants whilst on a bus from Mandera to Nairobi.

Back then, KNUT insisted that the teachers were in danger and must be transferred, a move that led to a standoff with the government.

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