In Summary
  • However, non-locals will not be allowed to board the buses until security in Mandera County improves.
  • On Monday, suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked police officers escorting a bus in Dabacity, burning two vehicles.

Bus services plying the Mandera/Nairobi route resumed Saturday after a week-long suspension due to terror threats.

However, non-locals will not be allowed to board the buses until security in Mandera County improves.

A security source told Nation that police officers from Mandera Town will escort a convoy of eight buses to Kotulo, more than 250 kilometres away, after their Elwak counterparts withdrew their services.

POLICE ESCORT

Mandera Bus Association Chairman Mohamed Bardad said they were yet to agree with security officers on various issues.

"We are yet to agree on many issues to allow normal operation of the buses. The government is not yet ready to provide armed security escort," Mr Bardad said.

According to Mr Bardad, Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia only agreed to allow police escort on Saturday.

"We are only having police escort today (Saturday) to allow stranded passengers travel out of Mandera, but onwards there will be no police escorts," he said.

NEW VEHICLES

Mr Bardad said bus owners and the government agreed on allowing Mandera residents to use the buses.

"Non-locals will not be allowed in the buses. They can use the Mandera-Moyale-Isiolo route until security improves," he added.

County Commissioner Shisia could not be reached for comment but he had said on Tuesday that the suspension of bus services will stay until new customized police vehicles are provided.

"We shall only resume escorting buses once we get a replacement of two burned and old police vehicles," Mr Shisia said.

SOLUTION

On Monday, suspected Al-Shabaab militants attacked police officers escorting a bus in Dabacity, burning two vehicles.

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