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Retired Soldiers Commit to Help Fight Al-Shabaab in Garissa

Garissa County Commissioner (CC), Boaz Cherutich, has said the government will support individuals willing to help in fighting terrorism in the region.

The CC together with the Count Security Committee, promised to support a Kenya Defense Forces Association in line with reorganizing their roles in the development of the County and also help in gathering intelligence from residents.

“We are committed to ensure that we support them so that they continue serving their community wherever they are, but above all they have committed themselves that they are going to support the government in securing our County,” Cherutich said.

“We have also given them assurance that we will work very closely with them because they are quite a number distributed across the county, we have also agreed that at the sub county level they will link up with the Sub-county commissioners, at the local level they will link up with the Chiefs and Sub-chiefs and am sure with that kind of arrangement definitely we will be able to secure our county,” He said.

Garissa Town OCPD, James Ng’etich, said local police service will work hand in hand with the veterans to make sure the registered association is vibrant and executing its mandate in dissemination of information.

The National Veterans’ Association led by Brigadier Ondiek, seeks to establish a regulatory and institutional framework for the management of military veterans’ affairs and subsequent association has since been formed at county level.

The retirees said they are ready to help the security agencies in the county to tackle insecurity challenges caused by the Somalia- based terror group, Al-Shabaab.

Speaking during a registration exercise for all retired military officers in Garissa, the Association’s Secretary, Hussein Waqo, assured that the senior citizens will   tirelessly in helping security agencies in combating terror attacks in the region.

Waqo also emphasized on the importance of veterans’ association and working together so as to help the elderly senior veterans and also help the families of those who died while working in the military.

“We have agreed and talked to the County Commissioner, to see where we can chip in to help with security issues going forward,” Waqo said.

“We will work together and make sure that this country remains safe. Either in terms of intelligence, tactical knowledge, or any other duties that the government may assign us,” he added.

By Abdulhamid Suleiman 

 

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