Fight al Shabaab but don’t terrorise Mandera – Roba
‘It is high time locals welcomed people from the rest of the country’
Mandera Governor Ali Roba has urged residents to help the government fight radicalisation and terror by reporting suspicious activity.
Speaking at a public gathering in Mandera town on Saturday, he said terrorism has hurt development.
“It is high time locals welcomed people from the rest of the country to improve the economy. No county can work in isolation. Al Shabaab wreaks a lot of havoc. If the trend continues, we will be completely isolated from the rest of the country,” Roba said. He warned security agents against torturing innocent residents in the name of curbing terror attacks.
Last Tuesday, the body of a man in handcuffs was retrieved from the River Daua. Abbas Abubakar reportedly was abducted from his workplace on November 5 by people in civilian clothes. They demanded to know where he kept guns, his brother Said Mohamed said.
Khalalio MCA Abdnoor Dakane said Abubakar, who worked at Soko Miraa, was taken to an unknown destination.
He said elders on Monday reported the abduction at the Mandera police station and to county commissioner Fredrick Shisia. They said he assured them all was well with the 28-year-old man.
But Mohamed said his brother was brought handcuffed to their Mandera home on Sunday by people in civilian clothes and ordered to show them where he hides guns in the compound.
Mohamed said his brother was led away. “I only saw him on Tuesday after farmers at the border point said they had seen a body floating in the river. I identified my brother’s remains. He was still in handcuffs,” he said. Some leaders blamed security agents for the death.
Banisa MP Mohamed Haji asked residents to cooperate with the government to fight terror. “Al Shabaab militants have killed more than 100 innocent people since 2014,” he said.
TERRORISM HAS HURT PROGRESS . ROBA SAYS NO COUNTY CAN WORK IN ISOLATION
Mandera Governor Ali Roba before the Senate Finance Committee October 29, 2015