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Five North Eastern MPs threaten to arm residents

By Daniel Psirmoi | Published Thu, June 8th 2017 at 00:00, Updated June 7th 2017 at 23:43 GMT +3

Fafi MP Elias Bare (left) and his Dadaab counterpart Mohamed Dahir addressing the press on the recent terror attacks in Garissa County. Photo: Moses Omusula

A section of MPs from North Eastern have threatened to arm locals if the Government fails to improve security in the region.

They gave the State two months to end terror attacks. The MPs, who included Fafi's Barre Shill, said they would be compelled to purchase guns from Somalia to protect the people.

Mr Shill, who spoke in Nairobi yesterday, asked the Government to recruit Kenyan Police Reservists (KPR).

"If the State does not act, we will be forced to mobilise our people and purchase guns from Somalia so that we can protect ourselves," said Shill.

Others at the press briefing were Shukran Gure (Garissa), Mohamed Duale (Dadaab), Mohammed Shidiye (Lagdera) and Ibrahim Abba.

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They accused Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery and Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet of failing to recruit KPR officers even after the President gave them the green light.