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Government to involve Mandera residents in enhancing security in the region

The government has promised Mandera residents a more active role in enhancing security in the region and curb terrorist attacks.

North Eastern Regional Commissioner, Nicodemus Ndalana, said that the government would involve the Mandera residents in flashing out terror groups in the county on Saturday.

“The solution to this continuing menace is to come up with a homegrown solution that will enable timely sharing of intelligence,” Ndalana said.

Continued Al-Shabaab attacks

Mandera has been the scene of ambushes by Somalia-based terror outfit, Al-Shabaab, with the most recent attack seeing the terrorist attack a bus.

The militants attacked the bus that was travelling from Rhamu to Banisa on June 8. They managed to kill two police officers and injured several more in the brazen attack that has become the norm.

On March 25, 2021, the militants also attacked another bus, killing four people in that attack.

Kenya Police Reservists

However, Ndalana said that the special forces in the region were doing good work and urged politicians to join the government in ending the perennial attacks in the area.

He also stated that both the county and national governments would work together and train Kenya Police Reservists (KPR). They would then deploy them to the Takaba and Banisa regions, which attacks had recently hit.

Police have often been accused of ignoring intelligence on the attacks, with an area resident, during the meeting on Saturday accusing them of the same.

Continued cooperation

However, Mandera North MP Bashir Abdullahi urged residents to continue giving police information.

“We do not need guns in this war against Al-Shabaab,” he said, “We need to be patriotic and give police the information they need.”

He also promised to push an amendment bill on the NPS act in parliament, which would place KPR under the county government.

Mandera Governor Ali Roba, on his part, called on the government to strengthen the reservists and build trust with area residents for better sharing of information.

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