NAIROBI, Kenya, October 26 – Deputy President William Ruto arrived in Luanda, Angola, early Wednesday morning for the United Nations Great Lakes Peace Security and Cooperation Summit.
The summit, which is the 7th High-Level Regional Oversight Mechanism for Peace, Security and Cooperation, will focus on levels of implementation of commitments under the Peace, Security and Cooperation framework.
This is the first time the high level regional meeting is being held outside the African Union and the United Nations General Assembly.
On Tuesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta cancelled the visit to Angola following the attack in Mandera that left 12 people dead.
State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu indicated that the Head of State called off the visit in solidarity with the families who have lost their loved ones, and those injured, whom he wishes a speedy recovery.
Leaders in North Eastern want the government to change security tactics to deter and flash out Al Shaabab following the attack.
Senator Billow Kerrow said that the government should implement its proposal to build a wall on the border between Kenya and Somalia within the Gedo Region as a means to safeguard the country and curb incursions.
Governor Ali Roba emphasized the need for security to be beefed up in the border towns, to deter attacks that may be carried out against locals there.
His sentiments were echoed by Marsabit Governor Ukur Yatani who urged local residents to report any individual engaging in suspicious activity.