Ruto calls for workers to stay put in Mandera
10 December 2014, 17:57
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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