MANDERA, KENYA, The Commission of Kenya’s Eastern Region, Mohamud Saleh, says construction of the security wall along parts of the border with Somalia is on course.
Saleh says the wall, actually a fence topped by barbed wire, is aimed at securing Mandera town and other areas in northeastern Kenya which have borne the brunt of terrorist attacks by the Al-Shabaab Islamist terrorist group operating from Somalia.
Speaking in Mandera town when he inspected a stretch of the completed section of the wall, Saleh said an additional 28 km of the land had already been surveyed and construction works would start resume.
He said the initial concrete security wall was redesigned because of the huge financial implications and that the works would be carried out in phases all the way to Kiunga in Lamu County to the south.
It’s a slow process but Kenya will continue to secure its borders with Somalia, Saleh said.
He added that Kenya had no problem with Somalia citizens crossing over to the country for business but “this must be carried out in a structured manner”.
We like good neighbourliness but we would not allow our people to be terrorized by anybody. We have to defend our territory and our people as a government, Saleh said.
He said the era when Somali citizens used to walk in and out of the county was long gone anybody coming into Kenya must use a passport or other legal documents.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK