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MP wants travel advisories issued against Kenya cancelled

20 May 2014, 08:03 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Members of the Parliamentary Caucus on Human Rights have asked the ambassadors of the countries that issued travel advisories against Kenya to reverse the decision.

The Caucus, led by ODM nominated MP, Isaac Mwaura said the travel advisories will greatly affect tourism sector and the county's economy at large.

"We will engage ambassadors from Western countries in talks this week to withdraw the travel advisories for the survival of our tourism sector," said Mwaura.

"We know well the Jubilee Government has failed in the fight against terrorism and Western countries should not use this to punish our nation since 50% of Kenyans didn't vote for Jubilee," he noted.

Mwaura said Western countries should help in the fight against terrorism as economic partners instead of sidelining the country by restricting their citizens from touring.

"The reason why we deployed our forces to Somalia was due to Al-Shabaab's continuous kidnapping of tourists hence we wanted to safeguard regional tourism sectors. It is time to apply shuttle diplomacy with our Western partners in combating terrorism," stated Mwaura.

He faulted the government's strategies in fighting terrorism such as removal of tinted windows from public vehicles and its unsuccessful Nyumba Kumi initiative.

"The government's approach in fighting terrorism is completely wrong. It should engage other leaders especially those from affected North Eastern region for proper ways of combating insecurity," said Mawura.

Wajir South MP, Muhamed Diriye said North Eastern leaders have vainly tried to reach the President to look into ways to combat insecurity in the region.  

"The government's employed strategies to fight terrorism is wanting. We are left watching since our effort to assist in the fight has been in vain," said Diriye.

The MPs confirmed that most of Western embassies such as US has closed its offices and its staff reduced due to looming insecurity from terror attacks.

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