Uhuru ‘Ignores’ Insecurity in Northeastern – Leaders

Political leaders have accused President Uhuru Kenyatta of ignoring terrorism and collapsing education in Northeastern.

“Uhuru is not the President of Central Kenya alone,” former deputy speaker Farah Maalim said on Tuesday.

“Some of us are in Jubilee. We voted for Uhuru 98 per cent in Mandera county,” he told a Nairobi press conference of governors, senators and MPs from Wajir, Garissa and Mandera counties.

The President has been selective in addressing national problems such as terrorism, Maalim said at the event at the Serena Hotel.

“There is violence, insecurity and the government is not even bothered,” Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow said.

Schools are shut and the economy faces “imminent collapse but the President has not attempted to address the problems,” he said.

The leaders said youth are denied national ID cards, as they are suspected to be allied to al Shabaab terror group.

The region’s education is “on its deathbed” and more and more teachers refuse to work in the county for fear of being attacked, they said in a statement.

Last November, 21 teachers were killed when al Shabaab militia raided a bus in Mandera headed for Nairobi .

On April 2, terrorists attacked the Garissa University College, killing 147 people.

Mandera Governor Ali Roba said the region will not agree to be marginalised.

“We will collectively fight for equal services. We are not begging anybody,” he said.

His Wajir counterpart Ahmed Abdulahi said youth from Northeastern have not received ID cards for three years.

Many of them cannot secure jobs because they have no IDs, despite being at least 18, he said.

Maalim added: “A few months ago, the state blacklisted companies and entities it said were financing terrorism. Then what happened?”