Maalim: Garissa looks like a scene from Syria

Anti-riot police take on protestors in Nariobi. Eastleigh and Garissa have been hit by violence in the past two days/XINHUA

NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 20 – Lagdera MP Farah Maalim has accused security agencies of deploying excessive force while trying to restore calm in Garissa following the shooting of three Kenya Defence Forces troops in the town.

Maalim who is also the Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly claimed that Dujis MP Aden Duale was almost shot in the mayhem in Garissa.

“The place looks like a scene from Syria!” Maalim told his fellow legislators on Tuesday as he demanded a ministerial statement from the Ministry of Defence.

He questioned whether constitutional provisions had been followed in getting the military involved in maintaining law and order which requires Parliament’s approval.

Maalim claimed Garissa businessmen had made colossal losses following the mayhem on Monday and Tuesday when security agencies mounted a crackdown in the northeastern town.

On Monday, three KDF officers were shot by assailants along Garissa’s Kismayu street as they tried to repair their vehicle’s tyre.

Tension built up immediately after security officers were deployed on the ground to trail the suspects. Residents accused security officers of harassing them with no justified cause, allegations that security forces have dismissed.

The town of Garissa, which is the headquarter of North Eastern province, has of late experienced increased cases of insecurity especially from October last year when the government sent its troops to the neighbouring Somalia to help root out the Al Qaeda linked Al Shabaab militia.

Meanwhile, Internal Security Minister Katoo Ole Metito is on Wednesday expected to brief MPs on the activities of Kenya’s troops a year after Parliament authorised the military to deploy in pursuit of the Al Shabaab terror network.

“I have accordingly directed that the minister makes a report to the House by way of a statement tomorrow (Wednesday) during the afternoon sitting,” Marende said.

LABAN WANAMBISI

Laban Wanambisi is a Parliamentary and Political reporter. He joined the Capital Newsteam in 2005. Since then, he has reported on many of the major news events over the years including his first major assignment covering the 2005 National Referendum on the Draft Constitution, and several other subsequent key national and international events.

  • http://twitter.com/kingzhero Afriti Kizee

    Dawa ya moto ni moto. I always feel for police now that they have to protect themselves first while ill equipped trying to calm situation down at the same time protecting and saving others, it can be chaotic.

    • Hassan

      Which police? those are thugs like you, or let me call them legal Mungikis.

      • paul kimani

        Any where in muslim world there are cries,especially when you dare mention somalis,they cant stay peacafully in Mogadishu or Eastleigh or Garissa,we are no longer the ever patients xtians and kenyans you knew,its either you styl up or die like dogs!!!just 2be sincere

        • Hassan

          It is because of your actions. You attacked Eastleigh to loot our money and burned Garissa to ruin our economy. When we were working hard in our business you have been consuming too much Changaa and holding people Ngeta and now you want to easily take what we have earned lawfully. Shame on you. If you know how dogs die, then you are another dog because Muslims don’t keep dogs.

          • kimani paul

            Hassan why did we attack Eastleigh?who told you that you are the richest pple here?hehe Anyway what do you expect us to do?watch you kill our pple and law enforcers as we laugh loud?If you are wise enough you can see danger,talk to your pple,tell them to trow out these grenades and arminations that you harbors.Or tell them to dare another one,and see whether police will succeed in controlling the angry mobs this time?unfortunately you cant see this becoz you are soo much tied by religious laws where xtians lives are equalized to chicken lives and can be taken at any time and with no care!I tells you once again,we wants peace and there CANNOT be peace if you Muslims and especially Somalis continues taking our lives 4 a ride!we don’t attack ur religion,and if you must kill,then kill ourselves and nobody will care,otherwise eastleigh is not heaven or hell!!!

          • yuyu

            Paul ..come with your mob we are waiting. We shall give you a toss of your own medicine..What religious laws? Use your common sense! Does the matatu appear to you to have been hit by a grenade? What have your incompetent police say was the cause? Have you heard of the Kenyan man who tried throwing a grenade at Joska supermaket in Eastleigh last week. He was nabbed and handed over to police, no word..Not even reported. And the lady found with 30 explosives in Githurai.. check the Daily Nation. Al-Shabaab have also denied responsibilty check -AFP. There is no evidence Somalis are behind these attacks!

          • kim paul

            Yuyu you seems to be so aware of these devices,grenades and..name them.We know you pple are dangerous and your so tight religious laws condones killing and baptizing it jihad,but i insist,that if you must kill.then kill yourselves and nobody will care,otherwise victimization and guilt makes you cursed!!!

          • kimani paul

            abut chang’aa,go to dadaab and see how somalis leave there,not all somalis are rich and business oriented,and so you not any different frm anybody else,just carry us as humans and you will find it easy!

            Thank You

  • Boiyot

    I say if you attack our security forces, then that’s an act of war… Be prepared to face the consequences… Those that do that are known, so if you’re also protecting them, you have no right to complain of harassment!
    It’s sad that our country has become a shooting ground with the executive acting very meek! I say crack the whip like the late Michuki would have. Some people need to know that if you attack someone (especially government forces) we’ll rain back on you.

    • Hassan

      “Our security force” we have not seen security forces we have seen thugs and Changaa men like you. Shame on you and your thugs.

    • Abdulkarim Njoka

      Boss that is a crime not an act of war.and if for a moment we are to agree with you,it will mena the kenyan army is at war with its people,the very tax payers who apy it!! boss,u dont know what you are saying!!

  • NFD

    boyot; you’re nothing more than an ignorant monkey; why are you pretending to be from a superpower country; it’s Kenya that you are from, animal

    • Hassan

      Monkey is better. call ignorant DOG.

  • Hassan

    I think some people here consumed much Changaa+Githeri and their reasoning is not enough. Before commenting please clean your dirty mouth full of Changaa and talk sense.

  • Hassan

    Northerners should be patient. Insha Allah they will decide their way soon and be smiling soon. Freedom coming soon.

    • riley

      they should be then out to somali by yesterday u camel

  • http://www.facebook.com/www.beth.musyoka Beth Musyoka

    hassan why are you soo bitter?shit happens all we need is peace in our country

  • http://www.facebook.com/muli.ben Muli Ben

    I TAKE THIS OPPORTUNITY TO CONGRATULATE THE KDF FOR JOB WELL DONE IN GARISSA IN PURSUIT OF TERRORISTS AND THEIR AGENTS .HOW CAN RESIDENTS PRETEND THAT THE KDF WERE NOT JUSTIFIED TO TAKE ACTION AFTER SO MANY ATTACKS ON INNOCENT CIVILIANS AND OUR MEN IN UNIFORM?THOSE MAKING NOISE ARE THE ONES SPONSORING THESE TERROR ELEMENTS OR LOOKING FOR POLITICAL EXPEDIENCY.BRAVO KDF

  • Duncan Kariuki

    THANK U FOR JOB WELLDONE .WAME FISHA WAHARIFU BAADAYE WASEME WANAULIWA …………..MANY THANKS TO K D F.

  • Abdulkarim Njoka

    who need laws if an armay behaves this way