Wednesday, February 19, would be a horrific day for travellers in a Nairobi bound bus from Mandera as gunmen attacked the vehicle killing four people.
This is among the series of attacks that have been witnessed in the North-Eastern region despite calls by residents and area leaders to beef up security.
Operations in the region have come to a slowed-down while others have come to a halt as many are worried about their security. The teachers' service commission has transferred most of its employees from the dreaded security region.
Teachers, especially those that are non-residents of the area, are among targets of the attacks, as witnessed before.
It is now high time the government found a durable solution to the problem that has caused stalled development in the region.
The education sector is among the most affected by these attacks; learning is not taking place normally amid security fears.
The same learners here are expected to write the same examinations as those in safer areas. The interior ministry needs to act fast before the situation gets out of hand.
The Wednesday bus attack is the second this year. On January 10, suspected Alshabaab militants attempted an attack on Olla police station but were repelled.
Region leaders have held several meetings in a bid to find a lasting solution to this problem that is giving them sleepless nights.