Fight al Shabaab but don’t ter­rorise Man­dera – Roba

‘It is high time lo­cals wel­comed peo­ple from the rest of the coun­try’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern/northeastern - STEPHEN ASTARIKO @stephenAs­tariko

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

/HEZRON NJOROGE

Man­dera Gov­er­nor Ali Roba be­fore the Se­nate Fi­nance Com­mit­tee Oc­to­ber 29, 2015

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