May 24, 2019

Mandera Governor Calls for Transfer of County Commissioner


By Calvin Osiemo

Mandera Governor Ali Roba has called for the removal of County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo due to what the Governor terms his failure to address the rising number of terror attacks being experienced in the county. The Governor joins other legislators from the Mandera County Assembly including Senator Billow Kerrow in the push to transfer the County Commissioner.
The Governor’s convoy was attacked on the 13th of March 2015 by armed gangs on the Mandera-Arabia road where three people lost their live but the Governor managed to escape unhurt. Coupled with previous attacks on leaders and security personnel in the region, local leaders have come out seeking an immediate solution to the menace.
“Our agitation to have the County Commissioner moved is informed only by the continuous failure of security in the County, particularly as it relates to terror attacks.” Roba said. “I have personally had no problems with the County Commissioner on any issue other than the continuous terror attacks in Mandera,” he added.
The Governor, however, applauded President Uhuru Kenyatta for his continued involvement in security issues in the county.
“He (Kenyatta) has personally responded to our request with adequate input in many areas. But the terror attacks continued to thrive despite the input from the National Security team. Then we have to ask, how much more input can we request if the person charged with security is unable to utilize these resources in an organized manner that optimizes results? “Roba said.
Mr. Roba has said that poor leadership from the County Commissioner is a major contributor to insecurity in the region causing immense instability and blocking development of infrastructure and economy.
The governor took issue with Cabinet Secretary for Interior Joseph Nkaissery who termed Ole Nkoyo’s leadership as “good beyond reproach”. Roba questioned the evaluation stating that over 90 people have lost lives under the Commissioner’s watch.

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