NAIROBI, Kenya, July 7 – Mandera legislators have called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to implement the resolutions of a meeting held at State House after the Garissa terror attack saying this will help in countering attacks that have rocked the region.
Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow who led the delegation of fellow legislators accompanied by other Muslim leaders condemned Tuesday’s early morning attack of non indigenous residents of Mandera where 14 people were killed and 11 others injured.
“We shared 20 points of written recommendations with President Uhuru Kenyatta and we were assured that they will be implemented immediately. To the best of our knowledge not much has been seen,” said Kerrow.
He said they had held informal meetings with the residents and even the leadership over what could be done to improve the security and submitted those proposals to the President.
“If these recommendations are implemented, it will address the situation of insecurity in Northern Kenya.”
The Mandera Senator lamented that the most action they had seen on the part of the government since their meeting was the transfer and interdiction of the Garissa County Commissioner and the regional coordinators but this had not resolved the insecurity.
His sentiments were shared by Mandera Woman Representative Fathiha Mahabub who called for the transfer of the current County commissioner who she said through his tenure three significant attacks had occurred.
She said the government should carry the blame of the deteriorating security since it had failed to implement proposals given to them, proposals which are yet to be publicised.
Kerrow went on to accuse the local leadership of failing to protect persons perceived as targets in terror attacks as it emerged that the locals numbering over 100 had asked for security but none was granted.
“It does not make sense that with the last six months since the Mandera bus attack, the quarry incident and the Garissa University college attack over 100 indigenous people who we know are vulnerable are not given security,” posed Kerrow.
Kerrow blamed the lapse on poor decision making by the local security leadership saying if they had heeded to the calls of the people to secure them, the attack could have aborted.
“When you fail to secure a group of people who are targets that is poor decision making” he added.
He however lauded the prompt response by the Kenya police reservists who fought the assailants eventually dispersing them.
Lafey MP Shaban Ali on his part urged the government to expedite the process of charging suspects who have been arrested saying they were yet to see tangible action being taken.