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Nyeri residents warned against retaliating to Mandera attacks

04 December 2014, 10:59 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – Nyeri Senator, Mutahi Kagwe has cautioned the county’s residents against retaliating to the recent Mandera terror attack that left 36 people dead.

Kagwe has instead called upon the residents to remain calm and desist from blocking the roads connecting the County to the terror-bound North Eastern region in retaliation to the Al-Shabaab’s atrocities.

The Senator said residents had vowed to retaliate to the attack after the County lost 18 people in the Tuesday quarry attack.

“Tension was high in Nyeri as residents were agitating to retaliate to the Mandera attack by blocking roads to Nanyuki and connecting to Mandera after losing 18 people,” said Kagwe.

“However, I call upon residents to remain calm not to take any retaliatory action. Taking such action serves to the interest of Al Shabaab whose purpose is to divide, frighten and make people feel insecure,” he added.

Read Also: Names of 36 Mandera dead released

Kagwe claimed that Al Shabaab’s persistent attacks in North Eastern region particularly in Mandera County were aimed at making the County ungovernable, cause people to flee and take control of certain parts.

“Through such witnessed terror attacks, it is time for Kenyans to unite not be divided on grounds of ethnicity or political affiliation. Communities should also support families of victims of terror attacks in honoring the deceased,” said Kagwe.

Regarding the continued terror attacks in North Eastern, the Senator raised the concern that there might be some security officers colluding with the Al Shabaab in enabling them to commit the heinous acts.

“There might be some persons within our security forces working for Al Shabaab by informing them when and where to launch the attacks.  Certain security officers are committing treason and an audit should be done to identify them,” said Kagwe.

He further challenged the security officers to be vigilant and quick in responding to the call for help in the event of insecurity alerts alleging that security officers delayed to come to the rescue of the Mandera victims yet they were informed on time.

Moreover, Kagwe said the security system of the country has to be properly scrutinized to avoid the witnessed security lapses other than laying the blame on topmost officers in charge of security and calling for their resignation.

Kagwe was speaking at a press conference at Parliament Buildings Wednesday. 

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