Curfew has made Mandera safer, says MYWO chair
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.