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Mandera teachers protest in parliament, not going back

03 February 2015, 19:00 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Teachers who work in Mandera have protested in parliament and said they will not go back to the volatile region regardless of government threats.

The teachers marched from the Kenya National Union of Teachers headquarters in Nairobi to parliament buildings Tuesday, to protest their treatment by the government as regards the matter.

The teachers who were close to 1,000 in number marched from the KNUT offices where they have been staying and were categorical that they would not go back to Mandera until they felt it was absolutely safe to do so.

Intervention from Wajir South MP Abdullahi Diriye who tried to plead with the teachers to go back to the region as security was now okay failed to bear fruit.

" We have improved the state of security. Please go back now. I can assure you that all is well," he shouted, but the teachers were having none of it.

The area leaders have stated severally that the state of security is now fine, with Mandera East MP and Leader of Majority in parliament Aden Duale also adding that schools now have extra security personnel to prevent potential attacks.

" We have beefed up security and we now have extra personnel in the area to look after your interests. It is important that you go back," he said last week.

But led by KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion, the teachers have been in defiant mood.

The teachers have refused to head back to work following the death of 24 of their colleagues late last year in a terrorist attack claimed by Al Shabaab militia.

The teachers, mostly from Western Kenya, are currently camped at the KNUT offices awaiting direction over their futures.

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