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Ruto calls for workers to stay put in Mandera

10 December 2014, 17:57 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto says that workers leaving Mandera and other volatile areas is a sign of surrender to terrorists.

He said that by workers leaving the Counties, it would re[resent victory for terrorists keen to spread hell to the region.

He also spread his message of condolences to the families of those killed in the attacks.

" On behalf of the Council of Governors (COG) as well as on my own behalf, I wish to be enjoined in solidarity with the families of 36 people who were last week slain in the terror attack in Mandera, he said Wednesday.

" I also wish to express the Council’s solidarity with the Mandera County Government in its efforts to counter terrorists. These wicked people have selected the County as a soft target for recurrent attacks and killings. We condemn their acts of terror in the strongest terms possible. We restate our commitment to working with all those who are allied against terrorism, he added.

He thus called on Kenyans to stay put and not give the terrorists something to celebrate about.
" At the same time, the Council agrees with the County Government of Mandera that we should never surrender the County to terrorists. The murder of innocent people in the County has caused understandable fear and panic. It has even aroused anger across the country. We have even seen some leaders encouraging non-indigenes to leave Mandera. We should however be careful about going to extremes in our reaction. Concern about safety and security in the County will remain of the greatest essence. The COG urges all charged with homeland security and citizens alike to put in everything possible to secure Mandera.

" At the same time, the COG would like to urge for sober approaches in dealing with the situation. Mass migration of persons considered to be non-indigenes is one of the objectives of the merchants of terror. They wish to engage in ethnic profiling and cleansing, while at the same time creating disharmony among ethnic and religious populations across the country. We should not allow this to happen. Once populations engage in forced migrations of this kind, it is difficult to tell where this will end. We must therefore resist this.

Then his barb on the government's handling of security matters.

" Accordingly, the COG wishes to renew its appeal to the National Government to move very fast, to involve County Governments in the security function. We know that this can be done without distortion of the command structures and responsibilities, if the will is there. Together, we can defeat terrorism, he added. 60 people were killed in separate attacks by the al Shabaab terror group in the region in the last two weeks.

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