NE gov­er­nors con­demn Man­dera at­tack, call for help

The Star (Kenya) - - Politics General -

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.

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