By Geff Muraya

Terrorists ‘pay police Sh50’ to roam in Kenya in News January 22, 2015 0 By Dinah Ondari @dinahondari Security officers stationed along the porous border of Kenya and Somalia ‘charge’ as little as Sh50 to allow foreigners who have been linked to terror activities into the country. The Senate National Security and Foreign Relations committee and that on Legal Affairs and Human Rights, which toured Mandera county at the weekend, heard that corruption among the officers is so rampant that efforts intensify patrols has failed to reduce insecurity in the region. “Police officers are partly to blame for allowing criminals into Kenya through Mandera. With as little as Sh50, these dangerous people buy their entry into Kenya with whatever they want,” said a resident, who declined to be named. “The bribe has now come to be known as visas,” he said.
Others who testified told the committee that the Judiciary’s handling of cases linked to al Shabaab leaves a lot to be desired. “We can’t blame the Judiciary in its entirety. It’s a problem of a system failure where more than one institution takes its fair share of blame. The Judiciary acts on what is presented by the investigating officers,” said Mandera Governor Ali Roba. “Many suspects have been released under mysterious circumstances from the police stations and the courts. They return home and continue with criminal activities,” he said. Abdi Hassan, a civil servant who also is a Mandera resident, said schools along the border are the most affected as many children from Somalia, who enrol for primary education in Kenya, end up acquiring birth certificates through corrupt means. “Unfortunately, some have ended up joining even the security forces making the fight against terrorism difficult,” said Hassan. Following a motion moved by Senator Billow Kerrow in December last year the committee travelled to Mandera on a fact-finding mission following a spate of insecurity incidents. They will travel to Kapedo and Laikipia from February 3 to 5. The committee, led by chairman Yusuf Haji (Garissa, TNA), has visited Koromei quarry where 36 people were killed and Arabia where 28 people were ordered out of a Nairobi-bound bus and killed in cold blood. “The bus massacre and the quarry incident were quite unfortunate. That was brutal murder that should never be allowed to happen again,” said Haji. The committee is expected to table a report in the Senate after the tour with recommendations on how to tackle perennial insecurity challenges.