Kenya: Mandera leaders demand Jubbaland Security Minister Janan leaves Kenya as tensions rise

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Nairobi-Leaders from Mandera have demanded that wanted Jubbaland Security Minister Abdirashid Janan leaves the country with immediate and also called on the Kenyan government to make its position clear on the matter. Speaking during a press conference in Nairobi, the leaders led by Mandera governor Ali Roba, the leaders said Janan’s stay in Kenya was causing insecurity and a source of disputes with Somalia.

The leaders said they were aware that Janan was staying in hotels within the Mandera town with his militias located in the border town. “I don’t know how our government is benefitting from protecting a wanted criminal. Let the criminal be arrested and handed over or be kicked out of Mandera town for peace to prevail,” Mandera East MP Omar Maalim charged.

The remarks by the North Eastern Kenya MPs come a day after a Bula-Hawa deputy district commissioner Osman Haji threatened to lead Somali troops to invade Kenya unless it surrenders Janan. The developments in the border towns in recent days have once again brought to the fore differences between Kenya and Somalia barely four months after the two countries restored diplomatic relations.