Muslims praying

Mandera muslim community have urged the Government to reopen the Kenya Somalia Border to ensure free flow of cheap foods and services

The Muslims who are currently fasting during Ramadan said the border which was closed in 2009 has hindered free flow of goods and services.

The border point has been a major entry point for cheap products from the war torn Somali finding into Kenya without taxation

However,  Mandera County Commissioner (CC), Olaka  Kutswa said the border will remain closed to curb terrorists crossing into the country and killing people.

Kutswa said the closure has also prevented contraband goods from being sneaked into the country.

Hamisi Jillo  asked the government to consider reopening the border in order to stem the rising cost of food stuff.

Jillo  said goods from Somalia are cheaper compared to those from Nairobi which is over 1000 kilometres away.

Sheikh  Abdullahi Hassan who spoke to the press in Mandera town said residents should pray God to help them in restoring  security in the region.

Hassan noted the recent abduction of two Cuban doctors attached at the county hospital was a blow to the health fraternity in the region.

He said the medics were helping in treating patients from as far as Ethiopia and Somalia in performing complicated surgery that local doctors cannot undertake.

On  Saturday  suspected Shabaab militants raided a food store in HareriHosle stealing food of unknown value, two national police reservists were injured with the militants snatching  two AK 47 guns.

The  Mandera  East Deputy County Commissioner, Lawrence Omondi  said the militants might have been restocking food for Ramadan.

Hussein  Yarrow a resident scoffed at the militants, saying even the fasting will not bring them close to God and termed it as an exercise in futility.


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