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Mandera leaders urge higher security after latest attacks

15 October 2014, 19:59 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Elected leaders from Mandera County have called on the national government to deploy more security officers in the terror-bound county and conduct thorough investigations to bring to book suspected criminals who intended to bomb Governor Ali Roba.

The five legislators led by the county’s senator, Billow Kerrow, said it is not the first time terrorists carried out an attack against Roba and other leaders yet the government has not taken the matter seriously by conducting investigations or arresting the perpetrators.

“It is not the first time for such an attempted attack against the governor occurs. No conclusive investigation has been conducted to arrest and judge responsible persons despite the county having more than 100 security officers,” said Kerrow.

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He claimed that there are certain people with the intention of bringing down the county’s leadership by launching terror attacks against the elected leaders and making residents to fear for their lives.

“If Lamu is very important to be provided with all kinds of security measures after its attack, the government should know that Mandera is also important to this country. We don’t want the government to go there and mourn because time to condole residents is far gone,” said Kerrow.

Mandera East MP, Abdulaziz Farah, challenged the government to change its strategies in providing security in the county especially by up scaling the patrol operations to weed out suspected criminals.

‘The government should beef up its surveillance mechanism and provide adequate IED detector gadgets for the safety of residents. It should also ensure that administrative officers perform their duties without laxity,” said Farah.

He added that terrorism is currently a big threat to Mandera County which borders Somalia where most terrorists sneak in to commit the heinous crime hence called on the government to man the border closely.

However, Farah urged both local administrators to ensure full enforcement of the Nyumba Kumi initiative and residents to embrace the implementation of the initiative to help weed out suspected criminals.

The leaders condemned the terrorists’ attempted attack of the governor’s convoy while heading to his office and urged the residents not to be shaken by the incident as they wait upon the government to take immediate action in conducting investigations and putting measures in place to prevent any future attack.  

The Mandera legislators were speaking at a press briefing at Parliament Building following today's (Wednesday)morning attack.

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