Newly appointed North Eastern Regional Commissioner Mohamed Birik has warned bus companies and transporters operating in the region against aiding aliens from neighbouring Somalia to make their way to Nairobi.
Addressing the press on Sunday, Birik said that the government is closely monitoring the bus companies and the transporters with a view of taking stern measures against them.
The regional commissioner said that it has been established that bus companies and transporters in the region play a significant role in the matters of transit of aliens.
“We want to ask all the bus companies not to engage in this illicit business of transporting aliens in this region. We know and understand that some of these aliens are indeed possibly members of the Al-Shabaab terror group,” Birik said.
Birik said to curb the vice, the government will increase and enhance the road blocks and in particularly the Modigar and Tana Bridge.
“We feel these (Modigar and Tana Bridge) are the entry points through which aliens use to find their way to Garissa en-route to Nairobi although there are many others routes all the way from Mandera, Wajir and Garissa border with Somalia,” he said.
Meanwhile 15 aliens from Somalia who were making their way to Garissa town were Saturday night arrested by security personnel.
Birik said that the aliens will be arraigned in court in Monday.
“The security agencies are interrogating, screening and vetting the aliens with a view of ascertaining their motives and intentions. We intend to take them to court on Monday,” he said.
“This is part of the many security strategies that we intend to put in place in this region. We intend to seal all loopholes and areas of weaknesses and avenues through which theses aliens penetrate and come into this country,” he added.
Birik urged security officials in the region to redouble their efforts in terms of management of security in their respective areas.
“They should come up with effective strategies to manage security threats in this region so as to pre-empt any attacks from the Al-Shabaab,” he said.
On Kenya Police Reservists (KPR), Birik said their capacity will be further enhanced adding that KPR ‘are the first line of national police service on the ground and they do a great work in supplementing the efforts of the security agencies’.
He said more KPR will be recruited and posted along the border where pocket of Al-Shabaab have been operating and using the area to carry out attacks.
Birik urged area residents to work closely with security agencies and volunteer information to them that will help in managing security challenges in the region.
He said any information they share with the security agencies will be ‘held in confidence’.