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Mandera MPs blame govt for Tuesday attack

08 July 2015, 08:40 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Mandera County MPs have blamed the government’s laxity in beefing up security in the region for the Tuesday attack that claimed lives of 14 quarry workers.

Ten Mandera legislators led by Senator Billow Kerrow said the government has been reluctant to implement their 20 proposed security recommendations it had agreed to effect promptly to curb more Al Shabaab attacks in North Eastern.

“It is unfortunate the incident is happening after the Garissa attack. We had come up with about 20 resolutions that could have curbed insecurity in the region and the government assured to implement them immediately but nothing has been done,” said Kerrow.

He condemned the incident but raised concern that barely six months after the December 2014 Shabaab attack at another quarry, Mandera residents particularly the non-locals who are the militants’ most target still stay together in large numbers.

“Security in Mandera is still wanting and the situation could have been worse if the Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) had not responded immediately to tackle the attackers,” said Kerrow.

Lafey MP, Shaaban Isaack said there is laxity in patrols and response to attacks by security officers in Mandera, adding that no culprit has been arrested from the series of attacks that have occurred in the County.

“The government must wake up for more Kenyans not to continue dying in the hands of militants. There is systematic failure of intelligence reporting for culprits to be arrested before committing the heinous atrocities,” said Isaack.

He added that area chiefs have relocated their officers to County Commissioner’s headquarters for fear of insecurity which has affected residents’ freedom of movement, businesses and development.

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“More KPR officers should be recruited to support security officers in the region. Also, the areas between Elwak and Mandera taken over by Ethiopian police should be manned by Kenyan officers not foreigners to ensure Mandera remains secure,” said Isaack.

Mandera County MP, Mahbub Fathia claimed that there is sabotage by security officers in the County leading to continued attacks.

“The militants wanted to kill more than 150 people living at the quarry but they managed to kill the confirmed 14. The ball falls to the government again; it has failed Kenyans and it should take this seriously,” said Fathia.

The legislators challenged the government to forego actions combating terror attacks and heed to the proposed security measures it received from the MPs.

Six MPs from Central region held a separate press briefing at Parliament Buildings and condemned the Tuesday raid, revealing that majority of the 14 victims came from Nyeri County.

“Kieni constituency has lost eight people from Chaka village as a result of the Mandera attack and more others who got injuries are at Kenyatta National Hospital. I make a passionate appeal to those remaining in Mandera to leave because the place is not safe. We have lost enough lives from attacks in the region,” said Kega.

The legislators asked the government to mobilize funds towards security for sufficient safety of citizens across the country.

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