National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale has given parents in northern Kenya a seven-day ultimatum to volunteer information about their children who have joined al Shabaab militants.
Duale said parents must seize the opportunity and account for all the children who have joined the ranks of the terrorist group.
He did not specify what will happen at the expiry of the ultimatum if the parents do not comply.
â€œThe parents have seven days to volunteer information on the whereabouts of their children to the government. They must account for them,â€ Duale said.
Speaking to the Star yesterday, the Garissa Township MP said time has come when Somali and Muslim leaders can no longer bury their heads in the sand.
Duale, in whose constituency Garissa University College is located, was reacting to the terror attack at the college that left more 147 people dead on Thursday.
â€œThe truth of the matter is that al Shabaab is in our midst and our children have joined them. We must save our country,â€ he said.
Duale said many parents do not give information for fear of reprisals but assured them nothing bad will happen to them.
He said Islamic religious leaders should monitor radicalisation in mosques, madrassas and even homes if the war on terror is to be won.
â€œThe government must deal firmly with sympathisers of terrorists. Personally I will support any punitive measures the President will take against al Shabaab,â€ he said