”Security Agencies Worse than AlShabaab” says Governor Roba
Mandera Governor has accused the national government of economic sanction on Mandera County terming the actions of the security agencies ”as worse than that of the terror group Alshabaab”. Governor Roba who was addressing the media after the Iddul Fitr celebrations said that the national security agencies are presiding over beatings and assaults of the people whose lives and properties they are employed to protect. Roba said terrorists and their activities should not be used by the government to terrorise citizens, ”Terrorism is a global challenge and many countries in the world are still struggling to address it and for the national government to think that ill-equipped villagers can deal with terrorism is inconceivable” said the angry governor. He listed several locations where security actors have assaulted, injured and killed innocent civilians. ”The security attacked Elrama residents twice, killed two people and injured others in Garsa Salah and others in Fino” said Roba. He said it is unacceptable for the security actors to attack innocent civilians whenever terrorists attacked a village. Governor Roba condemned what he termed as corruption by the security agencies manning the border. ”For the government to claim the border is closed but its security agencies take bribe to let in all sorts of goods and yet go behind our back to the shops and accuse the same people whose money they have taken to allow the goods in of committing crimes and burning and destroying their merchandise is unacceptable” said Roba.
The Governor said the people of Mandera have their backs to the wall and will not tolerate the government embargo and mistreatment any further. He said he has called for a meeting of leaders and all Mandera residents to deliberate on the way forward to forestall what he claimed was an official national government policy to isolate Mandera County and kill its economy.
The government has been building a wall to help improve movement of people between Somalia and Kenya. A parliamentary report has said that the wall is counterproductive and is costing the Country 3.5 billion shillings. Members of parliament who have been debating the building of the wall two months ago condemned the government of presiding over gross misuse of resources by spending hundreds of millions of shillings it does not have on building a 700 KM wall to close the border.