North Eastern MPs opposed to Operation Usalama
09 April 2014, 08:03
Nairobi - North Eastern MPs joined Parliament's Majority Leader, Aden Duale in opposing Operation Usalama that is being conducted in Nairobi's Eastleigh area.
The seven MPs who were led by Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow faulted the staged operation to fight terrorism at a press conference at Parliament Buildings, noting that only one community was targeted and painted as terrorists.
"We are opposed to the operation because the Somali community is the only one being harassed especially innocent women and children rounded up at Kasarani Stadium without provision of essential needs," said Kerrow.
"Our people have been victims of terror attacks for a long time for example in Mandera and Garissa, and painting them as terrorists then rounding them up in a temporary camp may lead to ethnic divisions and clashes," he added.
Kerrow said the government could have held talks with the legislators to devise proper ways of arresting suspected terrorists than rounding up innocent citizens with national identity cards to wait for verification.
"The ID's verification operation to fight terrorism won't work effectively because it is the same government that issued those documents hence causing harassment to our people," noted Kerrow.
He also accused the security officers of robbing people of their money in the operation which he said is against the law.
Mandera West MP, Mohamed Mahamud said Duale won't resign from his post because he competitively fought for it to see Jubilee coalition win last years election.
"The TNA's pressure on Duale to resign will be a big blow to Jubilee because the region's 67 elected leaders may decide to withdraw from it and affect the normal legislation process," said Mahamud.
He also said they will defend their community from any harassment holding that they are legal citizens to be treated fairly like other communities.
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