Cur­few has made Man­dera safer, says MYWO chair

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern -

Security has im­proved in Man­dera since the dusk-to-dawn cur­few im­posed last month, res­i­dents have said. The cur­few was put in place af­ter al Shabaab killed 18 peo­ple in two at­tacks car­ried out over three weeks.

Area Maen­deleo Ya Wanawake chair­per­son Ubah Abdi Gedi said security agents are now bet­ter able to main­tain peace. She said al Shabaab agents are hid­ing in the com­mu­nity. Gedi said res­i­dents know the spies but con­tinue to hide them.

She said pro­tect­ing al Shabaab will wreck the re­gion’s econ­omy. Gedi said ter­ror at­tacks scare off in­vestors and the skilled labour needed to grow the re­gion eco­nom­i­cally. She was speak­ing at a pub­lic gath­er­ing in Man­dera town on Wednes­day.

Man­dera West MP Mo­hamed Maalim, Banisa’s Mo­hamed Abdi Haji, Adan Mo­hamed of Man­dera North and Mo­hamed Huka of Man­dera South have sup­ported the cur­few, say­ing it has re­stored security. More than 50 peo­ple have been ar­rested for vi­o­lat­ing cur­few and traders com­plain they are los­ing money.

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