The Nation could count numerous M-Pesa shops and vegetables stalls that have been closed down following the destruction of communication masts, with residents saying they depend on mobile network coverage for their business.

The Somali-based militants have destroyed several communication mast along the Kenya-Somalia border leaving residents of Hulugho, Fafi, Ijara, Sangailu and some parts of Dadaab in desperation.

Two weeks ago, the militants damaged a Safaricom mast in Hamey, Dadaab.

"It has been difficult without network coverage. Even if you get an emergency there is no way you can alert your neighbours for help. We urgently need the government in collaboration with mobile service providers to re-install communication masts," said another residents, Mr Ali Mirat Dahir.


Referrals of patients for specialised treatment from border towns have also been adversely affected and it is even worse for mothers in labour who have complications.

Mr Mohamed Gure almost lost his daughter after she went into labour but had delivery complications.

Since there was no network coverage, they opted to send a boda boda rider to alert health officials to send an ambulance from Masalani, some 60 kilometres away.

"By the time the boda boda came back with the ambulance, my daughter had delivered but the baby died after delivery because of what we think was prolonged labour pain," he said.

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