NE governors condemn Mandera attack, call for help
Governors from Northeastern yesterday condemned the attack on the Mandera Bisharo Guest House.
Ali Roba (Mandera), Ahmed Abdullahi (Wajir), Nadhif Jama (Garissa), Ukur Yatani (Marsabit) and Lamu’s Issa Timamy sent condolence messages.
Speaking in Marsabit, Roba raised concerns about the rising levels of insecurity despite there being enough security personnel.
“Today I’m deeply disappointed because I have more than enough security personnel in hand, but we still are experiencing frequent attacks by al Shabaab,” he said.
Roba urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to beef up security and train officers because “most are unfamiliar with the terrain”.
He called for the establishment of a police reservist unit with 300 locals.
“We call upon the President and Deputy President to form a unit that will work hand-in-hand with the police to ensure there is easy penetration into the areas the militia are hiding,” Roba said.
Lack of electricity was also highlighted as a reason for the high number of attacks.
“The attacks happen at night when there is no electricity,” Roba said.