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Monday, June 27, 2016

ID CARDS PROBLEMS IN NORTH EASTERN & TANA RIVER COUNTIES

Hundreds of youths in Madogo,Tana River county on Saturday took to the streets to protest against delayed in issuance of national identity cards. The over 500 youths waving placards and banners blocked the busy Garissa Nairobi road paralyzing transport for close to two hours.

Maulid Mohamed, a local resident, claimed he has been waiting for the identification papers for the past two years.

“I applied for an ID card in 2014. I was given a waiting card and promised that I would get it within three months. The registration officials always take me in circles whenever I ask forthe ID,” Mohamed said.

Mohamed said lack of an ID has left him stranded since he can’t travel, open a bank account, enroll for studies or even secure employment. Another protester Shukri Ibrahim, 23, who competed his secondary education in 2009, said the government was discriminating against the area in giving the IDs. He claimed the registration office had become partisan and that it is used by politicians to selectively issue ID cards. He said lack of IDs had become synonymous with constant police harassment every time there is a security operation.

But when contacted on the phone, Tana River County Registrar of persons Benson Kwendo said those with issues should go the nearest registration office for verification of their waiting cards.

Friday, May 06, 2016

KENYA CLOSING REFUGEE CAMPS

BREAKING NEWS:

Kenya to shut down refugee camps sending some 600, 000 refugees packing , disbands Dept of Refugee Affairs and cites "national security interests". 


Kenya has it's own Somali Citizens and the ones being repatriated are from Somalia. in 2010 Kenya Population Census, Somalis of Kenyan Citizenship number about 3 Million and Live in Expansive land than all Kenya Ethnic Communities.

 The Letter from The Ministry of Interior of The Kenyan Government are as below.



Thursday, February 18, 2016

DALAHOW DECLARES HIS CANDIDATURE FOR LAFEY CONSTITUENCY, MANDERA COUNTY


LAFEY CONSTITUENCY, MANDERA COUNTY has a new Parliamentary Aspirant and Surely one of the best Contenders. Do You Know Ibrahim Abdi Dalahow. He Represents The Youth, Who make up the Chunk of His Constituency.

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

SOMALILAND AND AL SHABAAB AGAINST SOMALIA'S FEDERAL GOVERNMENT

February 14, 2016

Written By Swedish Investigative Journalists Peter Wolfson & Greta Backstrom

Many accounts misapprehend the nature of the relationship between Somaliland and al-Shabaab. The relationship, in fact, goes far beyond contact and coexistence, with significant financial assistance by Somaliland’s Ministry of Interior and Intelligence Agency providing the bulk of al-Shabaab’s financing and weapons, according to sources and al-Shabaab captured leaders. Somaliland intelligence is directly funded by foreign intelligence agencies, according to reports.

Somaliland Minister of Interior Ali Waran-Ade and other senior political, military, and business leaders including former ministers Mohamed Bihi Yonis, Hirsi Ali Hassan, and Suleiman Esa Ahmed as well as Colonel Muse Bihi Abdi and Abdirashid Duale, the CEO of Dahabshiil have actively financed and supported al-Shabaab as part of a strategy to undermine political and security progress in Somalia and boost support for Somaliland recognition.

Somaliland uses western economic development and security funds to finance al-Shabaab operations in Somalia. Waran-Ade, a former senior intelligence officer for the Siyad Barre’s National Security Services (NSS) directed financing and provided material support to al-Shabaab operations.


Al-Shabaab has a strong support in Somaliland, according to captured senior al-Shabaab commander and the government orchestrates, sustains as well as strongly influences the movement operations in Somalia. Somaliland also gives sanctuary to the families of senior al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida leaders, and provides support in terms of training, funding, munitions, and supplies for al-Shabaab. In their words, this is ‘as clear as the sun in the sky’.

Directly or indirectly Somaliland appears to exert significant influence on the strategic decision-making and field operations of al-Shabaab; and has greater away over operatives. According to recently defected al-Shabaab commander, Somaliland intelligence controls al-Shabaab’s counterintelligence units “Amniyat”, who are recruited from radical mosques in Hargeisa, Burco, Berbera Gabiley and Borama.

Former al-Shabaab operatives confirmed that the Somaliland Intelligence was represented on the al-Shabaab leadership council, known as the Shura, and the Security Council. Indeed, the agency appears to have circumscribed the al-Shabaab’s strategic autonomy.

Waran-Ade himself has apparently assured senior al-Shabaab leaders that they are ‘our people’ and have his backing. He has also apparently authorized al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida fighters and supporters release from Somaliland prisons, including senior al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula operative who was captured in Berbera on his way to Lower Shebelle to meet with al-Shabaab Emir Ahmed Umar.

In 2012, Somaliland police detained and released al-Shabaab Emir Ahmed Godane, al-Shabaab external operation leader Abdulkadir Mohamed Abdulkadir (Ikrima) and operative Ismail Muse, reportedly now head of al-Shabaab Mogadishu operations, who is one of the highest ranking in the movement below al-Shabaab Emir Ahmed Umar. The group was in Burco to meet with al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula emissaries and Dahabshiil and other al-Shabaab financiers.

Somaliland’s involvement with al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida in the Arabian Peninsula is having a major implication for the international community. The governments of Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti have all been alarmed by the Somaliland, al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida nexus. Ethiopia and Djibouti have restricted borders with Somaliland.

Diplomatic outposts and international organizations have been instructed to relocate from Hargeisa to Mogadishu and limit contacts with senior Somaliland government officials.

Somaliland Strategy

Through providing sanctuary and support to al-Shabaab, Somaliland appears to be able to exert significant influence on al-Shabaab strategy. As a Somaliland political figure summarized: ‘Somaliland has some control “over the al-Shabaab”. They have influence in al-Shabaab’s decision-making. Sure, they have dominated the movement, but al-Shabaab has some independence. Likewise, a security analyst said: ‘al-Shabaab is obliged to accept Somaliland demands – it needs their support.’

The Somaliland-al-Shabaab relationship is founded on mutual benefits. Al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida need external sanctuary, as well as military and logistical support to sustain their insurgency in Somalia and Yemen. As a former al-Shabaab operative put it: ‘Somaliland are helping al-Shabaab a lot, but they only give for their own gain. According to the conflict analyst: ‘there is not an equal relationship between Somaliland and al-Shabaab – Somaliland is far more powerful. Al-Shabaab doesn’t have any choice except to live in Somaliland; where else can they go?’

Somaliland Leadership Collusion with Foreign Terrorist Organization’s

Security experts are divided on the extent to which Somaliland policy towards al-Shabaab insurgents is determined independently of civilian officials. Somaliland officials were aware of Waran-Ade’s and Somaliland intelligence role in supporting al-Shabaab and were actively encouraging it.’

The Daallo Airlines terrorist incident in early February and the bombing of seafood restaurant in Mogadishu suggest that the policy is approved at the highest level of Somaliland government. Al-Shabaab senior operative Ismail Muse, who planned, coordinated and financed both Daallo Airline and Mogadishu seafood restaurant attacks made several trips to Hargeisa, Burco and Borama to meet with Dahabshiil and senior Somaliland intelligence officer code name “Dagaxbuur”.

According to western intelligence source Dahabshiil deposited $50,000.00 monthly to secret account at the banks main office in Mogadishu to support Ismail Muse. Dahabshiil also deposited $18,000.00 to the bank account of senior Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA) who was recently implicated and arrested for the Daallo Airline attack.

Somaliland Intelligence Operations in Somalia

Al-Shabaab commanders believe Somaliland shapes their operations in Somalia in a powerful, surreptitious and coercive way. Somaliland intelligence is part of Amniyat operational command. Certainly, insurgent skills and capabilities at the operational and tactical level suggest the involvement of trained professional military personnel. As a former security official said: ‘they give them the plans, the strategy and new techniques. The chain goes back to Somaliland.

Al-Shabaab Sanctuary, Funding, Munitions and Supplies

Al-Shabaab has a number of sources of external support, and there is little doubt that Somaliland is increasing the arms, funding and training they provide to the insurgents. Somaliland involvement in the early stages of the insurgency has been widely acknowledged. Somaliland were operating training camps for al-Shabaab recruits, and facilitating the supply of funds, equipment and arms.

Dahabshiil the Terror Bank of Choice for al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida

Dahabshiil financial support for al-Shabaab is diverse as confirmed by western intelligence officials. Dahabshiil collects al-Shabaab funds from charitable donations, applied to businessmen or farmers, especially traffickers; ransom from kidnappings; protection money from contractors or officials. Al-Shabaab funds are deposited to Dahabshiil in Hargeisa. A selected al-Shabaab financiers and facilitators have access to the funds and they manage the group’s funding, munitions and supplies.

As al-Shabaab military commander put it: ‘we receive salary, training, weapons, ammunition and expenses from Somaliland. … Everyone knows Somaliland gives money; it goes centrally, and then flows down. Another al-Shabaab commander said: ‘Of course, it’s a huge project, the insurgency needs huge funding, IEDs [improvised explosive devices], ammunition, training, needs everything, all of this has been given by Somaliland. We do not have facilities to produce any of this.

Outlook

Somaliland will continue its terrorist-related activities, including support for al-Shabaab and al-Qa’ida. Somaliland views al-Shabaab terrorism and insurgency as a crucial in its recognition strategy. The more Somalia suffers, the better chances for Somaliland becoming independent state. Somaliland has continued to generate significant concern regarding the role it plays in terrorist financing.

Dahabshiil continues to operate in vast black market and unregulated economy of Somalia. The hawala networks remained intertwined with terrorism financing, smuggling and transaction-based money laundering. This raises significant concerns that some members of the Somaliland government and the business elite were complicit in terrorist finance schemes.

The international community is working with the Somali Federal Government on sanctions to stop Somaliland support of foreign terrorist organization. The international community and the Somali government are also working on financial, military, and economic sanctions as well travel restriction and terrorist designation for Waran-Ade, Dagaxbuur, Dahabshiil and several other senior Somaliland officials, according to credible source.

Peter Wolfson & Greta Backstrom

Investigative Journalists

Nairobi, Kenya & Stockholm, Sweden





Monday, December 07, 2015

MASS GRAVES FOUND IN MANDERA, KENYA




A mass grave with at least 12 bodies, including that of a mother of five, was found in a thicket in Mandera county on Sunday. It is believed the victims were among 59 people who have been reported missing in the county.

They are allegedly victims of what are suspected to be forced disappearances and extrajudicial killings by security agencies. Of the 12, only the woman was identified - as Isnina, a tea vendor in Mandera town. Her freshly buried body was found naked, with broken bones and missing teeth, alluding to torture.

Isnina was was reportedly picked from her kiosk opposite Al-Furqan mosque last Wednesday by people in an unmarked Probox who identified themselves as police officers. Witnesses who sought anonymity said two military vehicles followed the car.

The Kenya Defense Forces, Rapid Deployment Unit, Anti-Terror Police Unit and the National Intelligence Service have been accused of kidnapping and killing terror suspects. Police spokesperson Charles Owino defended security agencies saying anyone with proof they were involved should present it.

“No one has reported anything to us. Let them officially report to us for forensic investigations to be carried out and victims identified,” he said

“I can invoke my mother's name in saying that we did not send any security officer to kill any innocent person."

Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow said the killings are “utterly disgusting” and "a clear indication that this evil process of the extermination of suspects in total disregard of due process is the norm rather the exception".

“This has clearly gone too far and must stop. It is time we said 'no', not just as leaders but also as a society,” he said, adding county leaders will meet to plan action.

Mbalambala MP Abdikadir Aden said those behind the killings must be identified and punished.

“We must get to the bottom of these mass graves. You are right, it is likely the work of extrajudicial killings. Very sad,” he said.

A mass grave with at least 11 bodies was found in Wajir in May. The victims have neither been identified nor the motive for their killings established.

The Kenya Somali Consortium and NEP Professionals will issue Press Statement at 680 Hotel Tomorrow, The 8th December, 2015 to condemn the atrocities.

Saturday, November 21, 2015

KENYA AND SOMALIA TIES LED TO SOMALIA CUTTING DIPLOMATIC TIES WITH BRITAIN IN 1963





Somalia Cuts Diplomatic ties with Britain in 1963. The issue of Kenyan Refugees, Mostly of Gikuyu MauMaus who were given Full Protection is also discussed. Watch This Video

NORTHERN FRONTIER DISTRICTS (NFD) 1963 : GARISSA, WAJIR, MANDERA & ISIOLO COUNTIES




Please Watch This episode of the Northern Frontier Districts (NFD) Now Garissa, Wajir, Mandera and Isiolo Counties in the Kenya/Somalia Colonial History.

MOGADISHU SOMALIA BUSTLING: NOW SECOND FASTEST GROWING CITY IN THE WORLD

Somalia: Mogadishu Ranked Second Fastest-Growing City In The World.
Mogadishu in Somalia has population growth of 6.9% according to Demographia.

Batam is the fastest-growing city in the world by population, according to US-based consultancy Demographia, which bases its annual Demographia World Urban Areas ranking largely on the United Nations’ 2010-20 world population forecasts – but only includes cities with a population of 1 million or more.

Batam is close to Singapore and operates as a transport hub and industrial area, while a free-trade zone boosts trade with the island city-state. Batam had a population of 1.1 million in the latest estimate, with an annual growth of 7.4%.

Second on Demographia’s ranking is Mogadishu in Somalia, with a population of 2.1 million, growing at 6.9%. Mogadishu’s growth is driven by its improving security situation and economic prospects after decades of civil war – many Somalis have returned from abroad.


In third place is Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso, with a population of 2.7 million and growth of 6.8%. The country as a whole is vulnerable to fluctuations in commodity prices, but its capital is benefiting from investment in infrastructure.








Mogadishu’s growth is driven by its improving security situation and economic prospects after decades of civil war. The fourth and fifth fastest-growing cities in the world are both in China with Xiamen.







Monday, September 07, 2015

KENYA ACCUSED OF PROFILING IT'S SOMALI CITIZENS

Although Somalis are Kenyan Citizens like the rest of Kenya's 42 Tribes, A small issue can get them victimized and profiled. For example, When a series of terror attacks hit Kenya in 2014, the government launched a security operation aimed at unmasking terror cells and sympathizers in Kenya. The operation saw some 4,000 ethnic Somalis detained in the capital Nairobi, leading to an outcry from human rights activists.

“I was arrested just because I am an ethnic Somali, despite being a Kenyan citizen. I was detained at the Kasarani detention camp,” said Saadiq Mohamed, 21, a professional Kenyan-Somali footballer, recalling the 2014 crackdown.

Mohamed was reportedly arrested in his neighborhood for not having his ID on him.

Kenya has been threatened by the Somali militant group al-Shabaab since sending troops into Somalia in 2011.The crackdown targeted Somali refugees living in Nairobi’s Eastleigh district, but some Kenyan-ethnic Somalis were also caught up in the operation and detained by their own government.

The Kenyan-Somali population was over two and a half million in the 2010 census making it the sixth largest ethnic group in Kenya. Somali refugees and nationals on the other hand are estimated to be about half a million, according to the United Nations.

Kenyan-Somalis make up almost the entire population in the northeastern region, an area that has remained marginalized for years.

Kenya suspended the issuance of national IDs in the ethnic Somali region of the country to put a stop to the alleged illegal registration of Somali refugees as Kenyan citizens.

“We know our government is concerned about criminal elements from Somalia acquiring Kenyan IDs, but doing this at the expense of its citizens is uncalled for and is against their rights as citizens of Kenya,” said Mohamed Nurdin, a Kenyan-Somali human rights activist.

The process is even more stringent when a Kenyan-Somali applies for a Kenyan passport.

“We cannot take any chances. That is why the process is strict,” said Daniel Ochuodho, a senior official at the Kenyan Ministry of Immigration. “It should not be mistaken that we are profiling the Somali community. Kenya is at war.”

Kenya declared war on al-Shabaab in 2011 and the al-Qaeda-linked group vowed to launch attacks on Kenyan soil in response, unless the East African country pulls its troops out of Somalia. The worst attack from the group came in April when gunmen stormed a Kenyan university campus and killed 147 students. The assailants, like in previous attacks, targeted non-Somalis.

“Al-Shabaab had killed some 59 non-Somali or non-Muslim teachers and quarry workers before the campus attack. It is clear the group’s intention is to divide Kenyans on religious grounds,” Kenyan analyst Rashid Ronald told reporters. “Such killings have consequently put the lives of ethnic Somalis in danger, especially those living in other parts of the country where they are a minority.”

During his visit to Kenya in July, U.S. President Barack Obama said Kenya had to change its tactics in dealing with its Somali and Muslim citizens if it is to succeed in its war on terror. Obama, whose father was a Kenyan Muslim, called on Kenya to respect Muslim rights.

Following the university attacks in Garissa, Kenyan-Somalis and Somalia nationals were yet again in the eye of the storm. A number of Kenyan-Somali men were arrested and others went missing.
Somali-owned Worldwide money transfer banks were banned pending investigation, bringing all financial activities of the majority of the Somali businesses to a standstill.

“Profiling my community is an excuse to blame us for the government’s failure,” said 34-year-old trader Abdiaziz Guled. “It feels like I am [a] second-class citizen in my own country.”



Saturday, June 13, 2015

Friday, June 05, 2015

GARISSA - MANDERA ROAD: KENYA @52 YEARS

This Road, Nairobi-Garissa-Wajir-Mandera Road has been discussed in the Kenyan Parliament since 1972 and still hasn't been earmarked by the National Government.

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

AL SHABAAB GARISSA ATTACK CAUSING BIG RIFT IN KENYA

Kenyan demonstrators rally in support of Kenya's military incursion into Somalia and demanding that AlShabaab STOP it's terrorist actions in Kenya or else, It has reached a peachpoint. 




The Government of Kenya Meanwhile has frozen 86 individuals and organizations Bank Accounts among them Hawalas, Money Transfer Business for allegedly funding terrorism where some have denied the allegations. 

 

Following the Garissa massacre last Thursday in which 147 University Students have lost their lives, Somali Leaders from Kenya's North Eastern Province said they would name terrorists, financiers and sympathizers in a week to prevent other attacks. They said, Somalis need to STOP these people in causing problems in Kenya.

The list is as follows:

1. Mohamed Kuno aka Gamadheere
2. Abdifatah Abubakar Abdi
3. Ahmed Iman Ali
4. Fuad Abubakar Abdi
5. Erick Ogada
6. Abdikadir Mohamed Abikadir alias IKrima
7. Maalim Abass Guyo
8. Dahabshill Money Transfer Company
9. UAE Exchange Money Remittance
10. Kendy Money Transfer
11. Continental Money Transfer
12.Amal Express Money Transfer
13.Juba Express Money Transfer
14. Iftin Express Money Transfer
15. Kaah Express Money Transfer
16. Amana Money Transfer
17. Bakaal Express Money Transfer
18. Hodan Global Money Remittance and Exchange
19. Tawakal Money Transfer
20. Flex Money Transfer
21. Legend International Consulting

22. Abdiwali Hajir Sheik.
23. Mohamed Girad Sheik Abdulahi.
24. Hassan Ibrahim Kasim J/A.
25. Mohamed Abdi Muhumed.
26. Bashir Mohamed Hashi.
27. Alyce Seraphine Sway
28. Abdullahi Mohamed Salat.
29. Moulid Garad Sheik.
30. Bashir Mohamed.
31. Sky Forex
32. Ali Hassan Sagar Aka Qathar.
33. Faisal Ahmed Nuur Amaje Aka Faisal Ahmed Mohamed.
34. Mabkhut Idha Bukheit.
35. Bashir Abdirahman Mohamed.
36. Abdi Kassim/Osman Abdi Kassim.
37. Mohamed Sheik Osman Egal.
38. Mowlid Khalif/Moulid Khalif Ali.
39. Yassir Mohamud Ahmed.
40. Ahmed Harob.
41. Ali Hassan Gure Aka Ali Baba.
42. Sehikh Hassa Abdirahman.
43. Sayed Abdullahi.
44. Agency for Peace and Development.
45. Haki Africa.
46. Muslims for Human Rights Group (Muhuri)
47. Abdi Ibrahim Haithar alias Agwein Aka Gamadere.
48. Ainul Qamar Lodge and Hotel.
49. Sheik Mohamed Umal
50. Abdillahi Mohammed alisa Abdullahi Mrefu
51. Abass Ibrahim alisa Abass Kidogo
52. Ali Dumaa’al
53. Abdifatah Yare mohamud.

Kenya has 3 Million Ethnic Somalis who live in more than Four Counties, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Isiolo


54. Abdalah Godana.
55. Mohammed Hassan Duale.
56. Abdi Gedi Amin.
57. Ali Bashir Hassan Adan.
58. Ali Gedi Ali.
59. Mohamed Yarrow Adan Mohamed.
60. Abdullahi Mohamed Holale.
61. Turan Adan Hirsi Sheik.
62. Mahbub Abdullahi Adan.
63. Abdullahi Yusuf Farah.
64. Mohamed Ahmed Bedel.
65. Abdi Mohamed Dahiye.
66. Ahmed Adow Omar alias Qalbi-Safi.
67. Kuni Elle aka Dikus.
68. Hussein Gosa Worku aka HG.
69. Nyacke Sike.
70. Rashid Sora.
71. Abdi Boru.
72. Abdi Ibrahim Adan.
73. Rashid Ali Guyo.
74. Ali Hassan Mahat.
75. Mohammed Mulki.
76. Abass Kubwa.
77. Mohammed Abdi Kesy.
78. Dekow Adoon.
79. Hassan Tagar.
80. Abass Derow.
81. Ibrahim Kobia alias Kamukunji.
82. E Coach Company
83. City to City Services
84. Sabrin Bus Services
85. G Coach.
86. Laban Hussein Degel

Two of 86 individuals and organisations whose accounts will be frozen by the government for allegedly funding terrorism have denied the allegations. - See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/list-86-people-entities-whose-accounts-were-frozen-kenya-allegedly-funding-terror#sthash.WXM4Dj6p.dpuf
Two of 86 individuals and organisations whose accounts will be frozen by the government for allegedly funding terrorism have denied the allegations. - See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/list-86-people-entities-whose-accounts-were-frozen-kenya-allegedly-funding-terror#sthash.WXM4Dj6p.dpuf

Monday, February 16, 2015

HSC ABDIKADIR ADEN, A KENYA ENVIRONMENTALIST TO BE KNIGHTED BY THE QUEEN ELIZABETH


I think you need to know this guy from North Eastern Province, Garissa, a re-known and recognized young Kenya environmentalist who is committed and dedicated to every step In make and giving back to his people. 




Saturday, February 07, 2015

NORTH EASTERN LAW MAKERS CLASH WITH PARLIAMENTARY COMMITTE ON EDUCATION OVER STRIKING TEACHERS


Seven lawmakers from counties in the northern part of Kenya have told a House Committee that the local communities want teachers who have refused to go back there to stay away altogether.

Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow, Barre Shill of Fafi and Wajir County Woman Representative Fatuma Ali told the Education Committee of the National Assembly that parents, teachers and students in the area are unhappy with the misrepresentation the teachers have portrayed.

“I do not think today, there is any parent in Mandera or Wajir or those areas who would want this particular group of teachers to go back and teach. That is the feeling people have on the ground,” Senator Kerrow said.

The legislators instead want government to employ untrained teachers from among locals.

“The teachers who are seen on the TV might risk their lives. So, madam chair, we will need to protect them… let them not go there,” the Wajir County Woman Representative cautioned.

“How can you welcome someone who tells lies about you, it will be very difficult,” added Shill.

This comes days after representatives of the striking teachers claimed they have been receiving death threats for leading the colleagues to a three week sit-in at the Teacher Service Commission Headquarters to demand for transfers from the work stations or face interdictions.

“These people are telling lies about our region and our people, they have exaggerated. To us ,they are people with sinister motives. North Eastern province is a part of Kenya… it is the onus of the Government of Kenya to ensure there is security, it is not the public, it is not the MPs” charged Shill.

Meanwhile tempers flared in the committee after the NEP leaders accuse the Education Committee of being biased in its handling of the ongoing impasse where over 800 teachers have refused to resume duty due in insecurity. Senator Kerrow and Shill clashed with Migori MP Jared Opiyo who is a member of the committee after he said the teachers who have served the mandatory five years should be given the transfers.

However Kerrow and Shill interrupted saying that the withdrawal of teachers will leave the region even more marginalised.

“When we come here to give evidence to the committee, we really don’t except the members to openly tell us you are wrong or right, you are supposed to collect our views and do whatever it is you are supposed to do, but when the teachers came here, you were crying, if you are biased don’t call us,” Kerrow who is also the chairperson of the Senate Committee on Finance stated.

The Senator was referring to media article which showed Bomet women’s representative Cecilia Ng’etich shedding tears when she heard that during inter-clan fighting, women teachers are raped and sexually harassed. Representatives of the teachers demanding transfer because of insecurity in Mandera, Garissa and Wajir said they are traumatized by hostile and inhuman treatment by their Muslim hosts.
The teachers said the trauma they have undergone since last year when 21 of their colleagues were killed in a bus attack has left them terrified to a point of now seeking transfer from the counties. The teachers were attacked on November 22 when travelling home for Christmas. Some 28 in the bus were killed.

Teachers Service Commission CEO Gabriel Lengoiboni who also appeared before the Committee on Friday said 1,089 teachers have so far not reported to the workstation in the North Eastern region.

He added that the 637 in primary school and 452 in secondary schools will face disciplinary action for insubordination and desertion because sacking them will involve a complicated procedure.

VOLUNTEER TEACHERS IN NORTH EASTERN COUNTIES (GARISSA, WAJIR & MANDERA COUNTIES), A BLESSING


With many teachers refusing to return to Kenya's north-eastern region in the aftermath of brutal al-Shabaab attacks in Mandera County, scores of volunteers have signed up to ensure schools remain open and students continue with their education, officials and teachers said.

Since November 22nd, when al-Shabaab pulled 11 teachers from a bus and killed them, along with 17 other passengers, teachers posted to the county have been demanding to be transferred to safer areas. The Kenya National Union of Teachers has backed their demands while the Teachers Service Commission, the teachers' employer, has said the safety concerns have been adequately addressed and ordered teachers to return to work.

The ensuing teachers' strike has paralysed public education in Wajir, Mandera and Garissa counties, causing chaos for thousands of children and families. 


But now, local volunteers are providing a sliver of hope to students in Mandera County.

The volunteers, who include county government officials, retired teachers, former students, college students and business professionals, have signed up to teach to help mitigate the crisis, Mandera County acting director of education Ismail Barrow says

School administrators are under instruction to take all reasonable steps to keep the schools open and lessons on schedule for the children, Barrow said.

"Desperate situations call for desperate measures," he said. "Schools in other parts of the country are operating normally but we were lagging behind because of the teachers' failure to report back."

Of the 1,406 teachers deployed in Mandera, 607 are from the local community and the rest are external, according to the TSC.

"However, we have gone around and found a local solution to the problem," Barrow said. "It started with a few volunteers and now virtually every school has a volunteer teacher as we try to find a long-term solution to the crisis."

Prospective volunteers must register at the school they wish to work for and have at least finished secondary school in order to be approved to teach, he said.

Volunteer teachers 'a blessing'

The volunteer teachers have been a blessing in this time of crisis but will also provide a bank of temporary teachers to help during future crises, Barrow said.

Mandera Secondary School now has ten volunteer teachers, head teacher Ibrahim Hassan Sheto says.

"Of the 15 teachers from outside the region only five reported back," he said. "Before the volunteers signed up, we had seven teachers sharing the school workload."

At Moi Girls Secondary School, just two teachers out of 19 from outside the region reported to their classrooms, said deputy head teacher Mohammed Hillow.

"We had seven teachers [for] 12 classes," he said. "The workload has been lessened by ten volunteers."

Volunteers have been scheduled so they can still attend to their other commitments, he said, and classes have been merged to ensure children can remain in school.

TEACHERS DISCRIMINATE NORTH EASTERN KENYA FROM OTHER KENYA




The Leader of the Majority in the Kenya's National Assembly Aden Duale has warned teachers from three counties in Northern Kenya that they risk losing their jobs if they fail to report back to work without delay. Speaking in the company of leaders from the region including Mandera County Governor Ali Roba, Senator Billow Kerrow (Mandera) and other Members of Parliament, Duale said he would sanction the government to sack teachers who will not have reported to work by next week.

“If teachers will not report by Monday next week, the same process that was used to hire the teachers through the BOGs for the secondary schools and through the County or District Education Boards for the primary schools, that process must be initiated; the children from the north under the Constitution must be taught by Kenyan teachers,” Duale – who is the Garissa Town Member of Parliament  said.

The over 1,000 teachers who have refused to report to their respective schools had last week pitched camp at the Teachers Service Commission offices demanding that their employer either transfers or issues them with interdiction letters due to insecurity in the region. The teachers expressed fear following the killing of their colleagues in the Mandera bus massacre in which 28 people were butchered by suspected Al Shabaab militants. They teachers also claim that they are discriminated against and harassed by the locals.


 
Duale also expressed concerns over remarks by the Kenya National Union of Teachers (KNUT) Secretary General Wilson Sossion directing teachers from other regions who had already reported to work to leave Northern Kenya, saying this was discriminatory and propagating hate speech.

“We are very much disturbed by the utterances of the KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion in as far as inciting Teachers and creating division among Kenyans. If it is about terror, terror has happened not only in North Eastern… it has happened in the heart of Nairobi, Mpeketoni, Kapedo, even in the height of Shifta war in 1963. What Sossion is calling for has never happened; you cannot preach hate speech and you cannot deny the children of Kenya the right to education,” said Duale.

His sentiments were reiterated by Mandera Governor Roba who took issue with the fact that the teachers had never reported their claims to them, saying they have even held education conferences but none have raised any concerns.

“What is being shared right now is just an excuse to justify the mass transfer demand. Misrepresenting information with the intent of trying to mislead the country into justifying a demand by teachers is extremely an unfortunate position particularly if it is given by somebody who is calling himself a leader like Sossion,” said Roba.

The leaders said 1,500 hundred teachers who are non-Muslims are already teaching in private schools while the others absconded duty, running into the fourth week.

There are 567 teachers from Mandera, 260 from Wajir and 94 from Garissa.