Terror is killing development
17 March 2015, 09:25
Nairobi - Terrorists and acts of terror pose the greatest threat to any economic growth or development.
Whenever lives are lost then labour supply is reduced and any possible increase of the same becomes bleak as people stay away from insecure areas.
Governor of Mandera is on record saying his County is highly insecure. He has survived at least two direct attacks launched on his convoys.
The latest attack on his security contingent happened a few days ago leaving three people dead.
Al Shabaab terrorists used a rocket propelled grenade to blow up one of the vehicles used by the Governor in his convoy.
However, the new Inspector General of police comes out in public to confidently state that the attackers are bandits. That is a sign of disorientation and disorganization of security and intelligence machinery.
Leader of majority took another step of offering the Al Shabaab a dialogue space for the sake of peace. This has taken the country by shock as regimes have over the years maintained that government cannot negotiate with terrorists or any other criminals.
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The amount of confusion regarding the state of insecurity in the country is wanting. Leaders have no clue what solution best suits the main problem of infiltration by the rag tag militia from Somalia. Police and other security apparatus have been overwhelmed by the continuous attacks carried out in the northern region of the country.
Governor Ali Roba has said his own security is at risk; how will he assure the public in Mandera that their security is in check?
What does the government expect him to say or do to reassure the labour force in his county that they will live to see the next day and feed their families in comfort.
Government needs to address this menace called Al Shabaab so as to reduce the incidents of insecurity especially in northern Kenya and the coastal areas.
In addition, special training should be dished out to special units that will deal with terror and terrorists. New and modern equipment should also be purchased to enable easy and efficient fighting of acts of terror.
Fail to address the Al Shabaab acts of terror and it will leave northern Kenya without development. This is because no one will be willing to relocate to the area to work or set up business and investment.
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