Matiang’i to pursue locals hosting terrorists

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Cabinet Secretary of Interior Dr. Fred Matiang'i.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has blamed the renascence of Al-Shabaab attacks in north-eastern and Coast regions on collaboration of terrorists with local communities.

The CS said the recent attacks in Wajir, Garissa and Lamu counties were a result of locals harbouring criminals and failing to share information with the authorities. “The government will not distinguish between terrorists and those who harbour them because they are also criminals, and we will deal with them as such,” said Dr Matiang’i. 

“It is not right for citizens to give terror groups accommodation for whatever reason,” added the CS.

The CS said chiefs and their assistants will profile families who have been hosting the terrorists.

“The government will invest more resources to strengthen its capacity and capability to fight terrorism. We must face this menace. We will not be intimidated or bow to pressure from politicians or any other person,” he said.

Dr Matiang’i’s announcement follows an increase in attacks by Al-Shabaab insurgents, which have recently claimed 21 lives, including American soldiers, pupils and teachers. North-eastern and Coast regions have been the most affected. The insecurity has seen some teachers and residents flee the affected areas.