Majority Leader Aden Duale appealed to Kenyans not to shut out North Eastern from the rest of the country. Duale, who is shaken by the indefinite closure of Garissa University college and relocation of surviving Garissa University students to Moi University in Eldoret, urged Kenyans to ‘show mercy’ to their compatriots in Garissa and other northern Kenya territories.
Speaking to a local newspaper, The Standard, Duale pleaded with President Uhuru not to ‘leave Garissa for terrorists’, saying doing so effectively shuts out northern Kenya from the rest of the country.
“This was the first university in northern Kenyan and now it has been closed for we-do-not-know how long. Now our education and health sectors and everything we have gained over the years is going down the drain. But please do not leave us at the mercy of terrorists. I want to plead with all Kenyans to remain steadfast so that we confront this challenge as a united country” he said.
For the first time, Duale also accepted that teachers who flew from the area, and whom the government interdicted and removed from its payroll, were justified to leave over safety concerns.
“I am now convinced that the teachersâ€™ fears were more than justified. Non-local health workers, civil servants as well as Christians are actually justified to leave this region, owing to the current insecurity situation,” he said.