Kenyan leaders from restive Mandera vow to stabilize security
04 December 2014, 19:02
Nairobi - Kenyan leaders from northern
region on Thursday vowed to fully support all actions by government to secure
peace and protect citizens against the threats of terror.
A statement issued in Nairobi after a meeting between the
leaders and President Uhuru Kenyatta said the leaders, including senators,
governors and lawmakers, called for strong action to reduce the threats posed
by Al-Shabaab terrorists to the country.
"We are giving our commitment to support any action the
government takes to bring law and order," said Mandera County Governor Ali
The second Mandera massacre happened on Tuesday in which 36
people were killed by Al-Shabaab militants, who also claimed responsibility for
the killing of 28 people in November in the county.] Speaking in Nairobi,
Mandera governor said the tactic by the terrorists to target non-Muslims was a
plot to create conflict between Kenyan communities.
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He urged Kenyans not to be divided by the evil which the
terrorists are propagating. "The best we can do right now is to stand
together as Kenyans," Roba said, adding the terrorists do not represent
Muslims and are criminals who are fighting all Kenyans.
Lawmaker Mohamed M Mohamud, who is also the chairman of the
Mandera political leaders' forum, said the war being waged by terrorists was
not against Christians alone but against all Kenyans.
"They claim they are killing in the name of religion
but this is not true. We affirm our commitment to work with Government to deal
with these criminals," he said.
This comes after Deputy President William Ruto admitted on
Wednesday that the second Mandera attack in which 36 quarry workers were killed
by Al-Shabaab "was a failure on our part as a government", noting
however that the quarry workers had been asked to move to a safer place.
"I wish the government would have forced the workers to
move out of that mining area, however, we will still make legal and structural
changes to improve the security system in our country," Ruto said.
Ruto assured that the government is tackling the insecurity
situation in the country and will make use of all resources available.
He said the government is working with Amisom partners to
secure Kenya's borders, saying incompetence in the government will not be
tolerated. He also said that the government is reorganizing the country's
Ruto said Kenyans share the responsibility of making the
country safe for all. "There are matters that go beyond individuals, there
are moments that we need to stand together to defeat our enemies," he