In Summary
  • He called on the government to borrow a leaf from the defunct and dreaded Special Branch unit and Ethiopia’s community policing.
  • Mr Roba broke into tears after seeing the bodies of 36 people killed by Al-Shabaab militants in Mandera Tuesday.
  • He said the security branches erred by recruiting graduates seeking white collar jobs or children of the rich “who have never been to slums where they could get information from.”
  • He said his county government was ready to work with National Government to address insecurity.

Mandera Governor Ali Roba has called on the government to borrow a leaf from the defunct and dreaded Special Branch unit and Ethiopia’s community policing to combat increased insecurity in the country.

Mr Roba, whose county has faced frequent terrorist attacks in the recent past, blamed the increased threats to the country’s security on system failure.

“Our system has crumbled. It will not be enough for persons at positions of responsibility to be replaced. We have a serious problem in the way security is functioning in the country.

"We should look at what other countries like Ethiopia are doing.

"We should also look back at what Kenya was handling security under (President) Moi especially the role of the Special Branch,” Mr Roba said.

BROKE INTO TEARS

In interview with the Nation, Mr Roba who broke into tears after seeing the bodies of 36 people killed by Al-Shabaab militants in Mandera Tuesday, said: “We should borrow the best practices from Ethiopia on how their security system is working.”

“We should ask them as a good neighbour how they do it. We should not be ashamed to seek advice,” Mr Roba said.

While Mandera, together with Bulahaawa Town in Somalia, have suffered from frequent terrorist attacks, Mr Roba noted, Suftu in Ethiopia which also shares a border with Kenya and Somalia has never experienced such attacks.

“What is it that Ethiopia is doing right that we are not doing? We should openly ask in order to learn from their community policing concept,” Mr Roba said.

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