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MPs want police escorts introduced for N. Eastern buses

26 November 2014, 12:07 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – MPs in the National Assembly’s departmental committee on Administration and National Security have called on the Inspector General of Police and the Interior Cabinet Secretary to up their game in managing security systems to avoid the witnessed lapses.

The committee’s chair, Asman Kamama condemned the recent Mandera killings of 28 passengers by Al Shabaab militias and called for police escorts to buses heading to and fro North Eastern region to curb any more cases of attacks.

“It is time to really do things differently. The intelligence in Mandera failed the country and the IG should take appropriate action. The IG should ensure the security teams perform well,” said Kamama.

He revealed that his committee has held discussions with the IG and agreed to summon both the Mandera County Commanders of AP and Regular Police for questioning regarding their existing seniority differences that have affected the commanding directive in the event of insecurity alert.

“Two police commanders from Mandera have been summoned to Nairobi to look into their differences. This situation of two police commanders issuing commands in one County is inappropriate and the IG should either address the issue administratively on who should issue the command or bring an amendment in Parliament for changes on the National Police Act,” said Kamama.

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Kamama, who is also the Tiaty MP, said the Kenya-Somalia border is so porous that it is difficult to conduct proper policing on those moving in and out of the country hence need for intelligence to be beefed up.

The committee’s vice chair who is also the Samburu North MP, Alois Lentoimaga said the government should deploy more ground KDF troops in the insecurity-bound North Eastern region, particularly around border points to limit entry of suspected criminals.

“Police in the region are faced with the challenge of fuel to pursue criminals and call upon the government to provide them with needed work facilities. Buses in the region should not be allowed to travel at night or daytime without police escort,” said Lentoimaga.

The Lagdera MP, Mohamed Shidiye who is also the committee’s member, faulted the directive by some workers unions urging their members to leave the troubled North Eastern saying the Al Shabaab are not targeting certain groups but any Kenyan citizen.

“It is important for unions’ officials advising their workers to leave North Eastern to know that Al Shabaab terror group has affected the Kenyan Somalis more than any other community in the country,” said Shidiye.

Kamama said his committee has also summoned the newly appointed National Intelligence Service director to respond to questions on what led to the security lapse in the Mandera massacre.

The MPs were speaking at a press conference at Parliament Buildings Tuesday.

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