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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
of 86 individuals and organisations whose accounts will be frozen by
the government for allegedly funding terrorism have denied the
allegations. - See more at:
of 86 individuals and organisations whose accounts will be frozen by
the government for allegedly funding terrorism have denied the
allegations. - See more at:
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
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.
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.
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.
IMPORTANT NOTICE TO THE CONCERNED CITIZENS: LET US TELL THE STRIKING TEACHERS THE TRUTH...THIS IS JUST A CONTINUATION OF THE TEACHERS STRIKE.
Today at 12 Noon, We had a ruckus with the Protesting Teachers at TSC
Headquarters, Nairobi Where I was taking some pictures of them
protesting and demanded That I be locked at Capital Hill Police Station,
Upper Hill. I am said to be causing Trouble
to them by advising and reminding them that, Mandera, is same as Kapedo,
Mpeketoni and Other Insecure areas. Kudos to the TSC and the Government for refusing them their way.
I had gone there to Plead to them that, Being Citizens of this country,
Some having served in VERY SECURE areas of NORTH EASTERN COUNTIES like
Takaba, Bute, Wajir, Garissa, Moyale, Sololo and Even in Some Places
like Elwak, Garbatulla, Balambala and Modogashe for over 10 to 15 years
without any single bullet fired to them or had any issue with any of our
communities, They should go back and work like other Kenyans, who
include Government officers, Judges, Soldiers and even like Somalis who
are also Kenyan Citizens... You Know what, They have fabricated very many excuses so that, they get transfers including: 1. There are serious breaches of Insecurity where they can't even walk in the towns of Garissa, Wajir and Mandera. 2. That, when we see them, ati we do call them Abid...meaning slaves. Where? 3. That, we force them or refuse that they go to their homes even on Holidays and when they decide, we kill them. 4. That, The Government has totally failed operating in that place. 5. That, we are so Naive, illiterate that we don't value education 6. That, Non-Muslims are killed every week. Imagine all That. Now suppose we give them their way, Do you know what
will happen next..The Government officers will follow, The Judges, The
Police, Military and a total collapse follows...Further
Marginalization.. STOP THIS TEACHERS....................THIS IS JUST A CONTINUATION OF THE TEACHERS STRIKE...AND SOSSION MUST BE TOLD THE TRUTH.
Uplifting Somalia from the "Death Bed" is Now seen as Turkey's biggest achievement in the Horn of Africa and for the History of Somalia and Beyond, Says Ibrahim Ahmed, A Strategic Analyst and Researcher in the Horn of Africa adding that, Turkey is set to gain from Bilateral relations between the two countries more in the coming years.
Development cooperation between Somalia and Turkey is multi-tiered, and
includes military, social, economic and infrastructural partnerships.
During the drought of 2011, Turkey contributed over $201 million to the humanitarian relief efforts in the impacted parts of Somalia. In partnership with the Somali government, Turkish officials have also launched various development and infrastructure projects in Somalia. They have assisted in the building of several hospitals, and helped renovate and rehabilitate the Aden Adde International Airport and the National Assembly building, among other initiatives.
Turkish Airlines became the first long-distance international commercial airline in two decades to resume flights to and from Mogadishu's Aden Adde International Airport. In September 2013, the Turkish company Favori LLC also began operations at the airport. The firm announced plans to renovate the aviation building and construct a new one, as well as upgrade other modern service structures. A $10 million project, it will increase the airport's existing 15 aircraft capacity to 60.
In May 2013, the 1st Turkish-Somali Business Forum was launched in Istanbul to highlight commercial opportunities in both Somalia and Turkey for Somali and Turkish businesses. Organized by the Somali Council in conjunction with Somali and Turkish government ministries, the event included roundtable discussions on potential commercial ventures in both countries as well as business-to-business meetings between Somali and Turkish firms.
In January 2015, Mohamud and Erdoğan concurrently inaugurated a number of new Turkish-built development projects in Somalia, including the Digfer Hospital in the capital. The new 200-bed Somalia-Turkey Training and Research Hospital was constructed by Turkey's international development body, the Turkish International Cooperation and Development Agency (TIKA), in accordance with an earlier Somalia-Turkey bilateral agreement. It has a $135.7 million operating budget, $85.6 million of which is slated to be covered by the Turkish authorities over the next five years. The 13,500 square-meter indoor premises includes 20 incubators, 14 newborn intensive care beds, 12 intensive care beds, 4 operating rooms, a delivery room, and laboratory and radiology units, with general surgery, neurosurgery, plastic surgery, children, maternity, urology, internal medicine, anesthesia, dental and ocular departments. It will be staffed by 91 Somali and 52 Turkish hospital administrators, head doctors, administrative directors or financial directors, as well as 40 Somali and 5 Turkish security personnel. Around 36 Somali assistants are also scheduled to participate in the facility's annual training program.
Additionally, Mohamud and Erdoğan launched a new terminal at the Aden Adde International Airport. The facility was built by Kozuva, a private Turkish construction firm. Both sides also agreed to formulate a city plan for Mogadishu, with new residences slated for construction. The initial building phase will target 10,000 homes, which Erdoğan suggested would be completed within 12 to 24 months.
This week, there was a Fundraising for Hadado Islamic Centre in Wajir where almost all MP's of North Eastern Counties of Mandera, Wajir and Garissa contributed to the tune of 7 Million Shilling for the construction of Islamic Institutions Like Madrasa, Mosques and Duksi (Informal Quraan Recitation School).
Thanks to Hon
Duale, Kenya's Majority Leader who speaheaded the Whole program along
with Hon Ore, Hon Senator Colow Who were the organizing Committee. We
ask Allah to fill the hearts of our Muslim leaders and business to use
their resources, energy and intellect for the development of Islam in
Kenya will carry out documentation of illicit arms along international borders that are prone to attacks, a government official said on Tuesday. Cabinet Secretary for Interior Joseph Nkaissery said in Nairobi the circulation of small weapons poses the greatest threat to the country's security. "We recognize the fact that there are Kenyans who share borders with hostile communities and disarming them will leave them prone to attacks, hence our desire to license their weapons, even though illicit," Nkaissery said.
"The security challenges facing the country are a matter of great concern and we must do everything possible to assure them of adequate security and guarantee them of safe environment that enables business and investment to thrive," Nkaissery said.
He told a meeting of Regional Coordinators and County Commissioners in Nairobi that voluntary disarmament will also be carried out in cattle-rustling prone areas to address the problem of small arms and illicit weapons which are fuelling cattle rustling and ethnic conflicts.
"To ensure this is done, you should start mapping out areas with proliferation of small arms and light weapons so as to launch the disarmament exercise as soon as possible," the CS told the commissioners.
Kenya Somali citizens owned businesses including
Those in Telecommunication, Banking, Real Estate, Construction,
Engineering, Airlines, Hospitality, Oil and Petroleum Industry,
Commercial Enterprise, Computers are said to be thriving at a high speed
and this is encouraging.
IN SUMMARY - THE PROPOSED KENYA'S SECURITY LAW(Ammendment) BILL 2014
The Security Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2014, which targets to amend 21 statutes, seeks to introduce new laws that are set to change the way Kenyans handle security and provide, among other things, sweeping powers to the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to arrest and detain terror suspects for one year.
Without Giving Kenyans enough time to deliberate on this Important issue affecting all Kenyans, without taking suggestions, The National Assembly is looking to pass this Motion to ammend Security situation in the Country.
Kerrow (Mandera County) argues that "Significant involvement of the public in
security matter will arrest the problem. The Government needs to focus
more on ensuring security agencies and the local population have a good
relationship to volunteer information, which would lead to the arrest of
The opposition, Led by Rt. Hon Raila Odinga has criticised the amendment Bill, arguing that it infringes on freedom of expression, freedom of the media and Kenyans' right to privacy of Kenyans.
Opposition Leader, Moses Wetangula said" “It is not that we don’t have adequate laws on matters security, but we don’t have adequate WILL to fight insecurity,”
The mainline Christian churches(Catholic and Anglican churches) supports the Bill and asked the National Assembly to enact them with speed. They say "“We find poor coordination between our National Intelligence Service, the Kenya Police Service and the entire disciplined forces to be totally unacceptable".
" A police force bogged down with bureaucratic and weak command structures and an intelligence service that has lost touch with the realities on the ground can never be trusted to secure Kenyans,” Adds Anglican Church Bishop Eliud Wabukhala
Civil rights groups also opposes proposals to change security laws in the country.
Human Rights activist Maina Kiai terms the Bill “retrogressive and ill-advised” as he spoke on the sidelines of the annual conference of National Coalition of Human Rights Defenders – Kenya in Nairobi, Adding "If you are trying to deal with terrorism by giving more power to the police, then we are going to have a police state. “It’s dangerous and it will not solve a single problem. It will be misused, police will be picking anyone and shooting them.”
The proposed law comes two weeks after suspected Al-Shabaab militants killed 64 people in Mandera in two separate incidents.
THE MAIN STORY- KENYA PARLIAMENT SET TO AMMEND SECURITY LAWS:
A section of political leaders Wednesday criticized the move by Parliament to introduce new anti- terrorism laws deemed oppressive.The Opposition vowed to challenge the move in court as governors warned that the proposed laws could worsen the security situation. Six CORD senators termed the amendments contained in the Security Laws (Amendments) Bill2014 retrogressive and an attempt to undermine the Bill of Rights. The senators, led by Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula, warned the National Assembly against passing the amendments, failure to which they would move to court. The senators, led by Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula, warned the National Assembly against passing the amendments, failure to which they would move to court. “The Bill, on the face of it, is derogation on the Bills of Rights which are guaranteed in the Constitution. Any attempt to undermine the Bill of Rights will be resisted, including in the courts," Wetang'ula told journalists at Parliament Buildings. He was accompanied by Johnstone Muthama (Machakos), James Orengo (Siaya), Amos Wako (Busia) Boni Khalwale (Kakamega) and Mutula Kilonzo Jnr (Makueni).
At the same time, the Council of Governors' chair Isaac Ruto warned that the proposed amendments will not improve the country's security but would create more dissent. "The Government should seriously look at the problems of security and address them effectively. What the country is facing now has nothing to do with the laws," urged Ruto. Mr Ruto, who is also the Bomet governor, warned the Government against taking away the liberty of Kenyans under the guise of addressing the runaway insecurity. DANGEROUS MOVE "What we are currently witnessing is a scheme to go back to the old ways and methods to restore security. These attempts are dangerous and this is not the right route to take. The Constitution heavily stresses on public participation," said Ruto. He continued: "Let us not take away the freedom of Kenyans in the pretence of tackling security concerns."The Security Laws (Amendment) Bill, 2014, which targets to amend 21 statutes, seeks to introduce new laws that are set to change the way Kenyans handle security and provide, among other things, sweeping powers to the National Intelligence Service (NIS) to arrest and detain terror suspects for one year. This is seen as negating the current legal provisions that allow police officers to arrest any suspect and present the same person in court within 24 hours. The spy agency would have powers to arrest and detain terror suspects whom the NIS officer 'witnesses committing serious offence, finds in possession of any object or material that could be used in commission of a serious offence or suspects of engaging in any act or thing, being in possession of anything that poses a threat to national security'. It also seeks to give powers to NIS to tap and intercept your communication without a court order, although a similar proposal was rejected a few months ago by Parliament. If the law is passed, the President will have powers to hand-pick the Inspector General of Police, with the approval of Parliament, removing the National Police Service Commission and other bodies any role in the competitive recruitment of the top cop. Among the likely casualties of the Bill are Muslims and journalists, Kenyans on social media who face a jail term of up to three years, a fine of Sh5 million or both for publishing or broadcasting photographs of victims of terror without the consent of the police and that of the victim.
"Any person who without, authorization from the National Police Service, broadcasts information which undermines investigations or security operations relating to terrorism commits an offence and is liable for imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years or a fine not exceeding five million shillings or both," it adds. The penal code is also to be amended to provide that; "A person who publishes or causes to be published or distributed obscene, gory or offensive material which is likely to cause fear or alarm to the public is guilty of a felony and shall be liable, subject to if convicted, a Sh1 million fine or imprisonment for a term not exceeding three years, while a media house shall be fined five million shillings." This provision is targeting members of the public who share information on mobile phones and social media networks. If the National Assembly passes the amendments, Interior Cabinet Secretary will have powers to gazette and designate areas and time where public meetings, gatherings or public processions may be held, through the amendment of the Public Order Act. "Any person who unlawfully convenes, organises or promotes a public rally, meeting or processional or neglects or refused to comply with any law relating to public meetings commits and offence and shall be convicted. Apart from conviction, that person shall be held liable for any loss or damage as a result of the public rally." At the same time, landlords will be required to take details of their tenants which include name(s), ID/passport number, sex, email and telephone and present them to authorities on demand while those operating accommodation facilities will be required to keep similar records of their guests and submit them to police on a weekly basis.
Those found with weapons at places of worship face a jail term of 20 years, while those in charge of the same places will be held accountable for the same with a similar jail term if convicted. The opposition senators described some of the proposals as unconstitutional and seeking to return the country to the dark days of detention without trial and sedition, arguing this was an attempt to reintroduce some statutes that were repealed in the 1990s through the back door.
"We are slowly going back to the dark old ways if we will not be careful and the sacrifices Kenyans paid to expand the democratic space will be reversed," Orengo said.
All Freedoms, including that of media, he warned that some of the provisions, especially on media freedom, were adding more insult into injury after the National Assembly passed two other laws – Media Council of Kenya and Information and Communications Act – which contain punitive clauses that impede the working of journalists.
CORD senators accused the National Assembly leadership of sidestepping the Senate by introducing the Bill, saying Article 110 of the Constitution requires the two House speakers to consult on whether any Bill touches on county matters.
"Although national security is a mandate of the national government, it's nevertheless touching on counties and thus Senate must be involved," Wako, who is the immediate former Attorney General, said. Senator Billow Kerrow (Mandera) argued "Significant involvement of the public in security matter will arrest the problem. The Government needs to focus more on ensuring security agencies and the local population have a good relationship to volunteer information, which would lead to the arrest of suspected criminal".
Mnamo mwaka wa Elfu mbili na tatu (2003), Rais mstaafu,Mwai Kibaki,
alizindua mpango wa masomo ya bure katika shule za msingi za umma.
wafahamu kuwa hata baada ya sera hiyo ya serikali, hali katika kaunti ya Garissa,
Wajir na Mandera ni tofauti kabisa, kwani katika baadhi ya shule, wazazi ndio
hugharimika katika masomo ya watoto wao, ikiwamo mishahara ya walimu; huku
walimu walioajiriwa na serikali, wakilipwa mara moja kwa mwaka. Shadrack mitty
amerejea kutoka maeneo hayo na hii hapa taarifa yake.
is a Sad week, Sad Times for Kenya and The attacks that have happened in
Mandera have severely affected us as the people of Mandera before and is now
affecting many other Kenyans and hereby wish to give our statement on the
That after even our condemnation of the criminal acts, The good people of
Mandera have no hand in it.
That it's paramount that Kenya as a country protects and secures it's people of
Mandera, It's border with all countries and liaise with local communities in
extracting Intelligence and putting necessary logistics including standby
helicopters to combat incidents of terrorism, banditry and maiming of Kenyans
The Mandera County Government should also work closely with National Government
agencies without taking advantages and exaggerating precarious security
situation in Mandera. More so, The County Headquarters sits in Mandera and
being the capital city of Mandera County, necessary development in security
Must be considered.
That the National Government provide security to all roads entering and leaving
Mandera. It's paramount to Note that both Roads leaving Mandera, Rhamu and
Arabia have security issues and it's our wish the Government provides escorts
to vehicles plying the routes.
There have previously been lot of cases of killing of Kenyans including our own
9 Home Guards last year, hijacking of our Miraa vehicles @ GPS Co-ordinates
3.2824488, 41.3689451 and this shows gradual insecurity which we urgently want
the Government to address.
Going by the history of Inter-clan clashes in Mandera, We are perturbed by the
statements coming from Mandera County that travellers should not use the
Arabia-Lafey Road. This is uncalled for and hereby confirm that whether you are
plying Rhamu or Arabia Road, The situation is the same and should be treated
the roads experience insecurity, The solution is not to STOP using Arabia but
to find ways to increase security.
is a Long way……While some of the solutions have been addressed here,
We urge the National government, in close co-ordination with the County
Government to seal the Kenya-Somalia border with enough security.
The Government to work with both elected leaders and community elders from all
clans living in Mandera for it's own intelligence and team work as this country
is ours all and we need to work together.
As said by the Governor yesterday, The Government to take these matter
seriously and try to treat this as only affecting Non-Muslims. We are also
victims of the same and we are also Kenyans.
It's Not a religious War and it's the duty of the Government to treat all
terrorism, banditry, maiming as a threat to all Kenyans irrespective of
Muslims, Christians and so on.
the Government through the Kenya National Cohesion commission initiate
consultations of bringing Kenyans of all Faith together.
brutality of the criminal and terrorist perpetrators of these acts seems to
have no bounds. All parties in Kenya should stand together in solidarity and
decisive action against terrorism acts which are now Tarnishing Islam's Name.
The people of Mandera, will continue to stand by our country, Kenya and will
join with all Kenyans in calling for the swift apprehension and punishment of
the perpetrators. No political cause could ever be assisted by such immoral