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Sunday, 30 November 2014


Mandera Knut has condemned last week’s massacre of 28 passengers aboard a Mandera-Nairobi bound bus that was executed by al Shabaab.
The attackers allegedly separated non-Muslim passengers  before leading them outside where they were shot at close range. At the end, 19 men and nine women were cruelly executed by bullets directed at their heads. Out of those executed 22 were teachers with others in security and health departments headed to their homes for holiday.
The local Knut leadership dismissed calls by its top national leadership to teacher to leave the area noting that could be a win to the militias.
Led by the executive secretary Kullow Sheikh and his deputy Ali Abdi Hussein, they called upon the national government to provide enough security to the area and residents since they mostly depend on manpower from other areas.
Hussein condemned strongly the heinous act by the militia on innocent Kenyans in a Nairobi bound bus just 50km from Mandera town. He condoled with the bereaved families over loss and urged the government to scale up its security in the area to save lives from such attacks.
Hussein who is also Knut’s NEC member from the region said the government needs to give the dead state burial since they died in line of duty and equal compensation to bereaved families. He told secretary general Wilson Sossion to visit the area and experience the life there instead of issuing unnecessary ultimatums from their posh Nairobi environs.
He urged Knut to pursue for the implementation of medical scheme to help its members in case of such issue to cater for life insurance for teachers and other public servants. He said that despite the area being a hardship area, the TSC had removed travel allowance.

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