, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 4 – Leaders from Mandera County have committed themselves to fully support all actions by the government to secure peace and protect Kenyans against the threats of terror.
The leaders, who met President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House on Thursday, called for tough action to reduce the threats posed by Al Shabaab terrorists in Kenya.
“We are giving our commitment to support any action the government takes to bring law and order,” Mandera Governor Ali Roba said.
The leaders said they will also deal with sympathisers of the terror group and communities in the region will play their role in confronting radicalisation.
Governor Roba said the tactic by the terrorists to target non-Muslims was a plot to create conflict between Kenyan communities.
He urged Kenyans not to be divided by the evil which the terrorists are propagating.
“The best we can do right now is to stand together as Kenyans,” he said.
He said the terrorists do not represent Muslims and are criminals who are fighting all Kenyans.
“They (terrorists) have been killing and burning Kenyan Somalis all the time but their recent strategy is aimed at creating enmity between communities,” he said.
The Governor announced that Mandera County will donate Sh3 million to assist in the burial of the 36 people who were killed at a quarry this week.
“We know we cannot take away the pain but we will pay Sh3 million to support the burials and we also appeal to other counties to come out and support the bereaved,” he said.
The chairman of the Mandera Political Leaders Forum, Mohamed M. Mohamud, said the war being waged by terrorists was not against Christians alone but against all Kenyans.
“They claim they are killing in the name of religion but this is not true. We affirm our commitment to work with Government to deal with these criminals,” he said.
The other leaders who met President Kenyatta included Mandera County Senator Billow Kerrow, Abdulaziz Farah (Mandera East MP), Shaaban Issack (Lafey MP), Hassan Osman (Nominated MP and chairman of UDF), Mohamed Huka (Mandera South MP) and Mohamed Abdi Haji (Banissa MP).
The Leader of Majority Aden Duale and Cabinet Secretary for Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Adan Mohamed also attended the meeting.