Key leaders in Sangailu, Garissa County, met Kenya Defence Forces personnel at Matarba and engaged them on ways to secure sustainable peace under Operation Amani Boni. Matarba is located in Sangailu, 3km south of Sangailu military camp.
The Key Leadership Engagement (KLE) was attended by Assistant Chief Matarba sub-location, 20 elders and national police reservists from the area.
During the talks, several matters were agreed upon including cooperation and sharing of information on security threats and Al Shabaab by the locals, timely information on suspicious visitors or Al Shabaab returnees and restriction of vehicle movements at night unless during emergencies.
The locals were also urged to ensure they took their children to school as education was one of the major ways of keeping children away from radicalization and extremism, and were requested to closely monitor them in the situation of the drastic change of behaviour.
The locals requested KDF to increase the frequency of free medical camps which they heavily relied on, particularly at this moment when the nationwide nurses' strike was in progress.
During the function, several locals were treated for various ailments by medics who were among the team, with the troops promising to hold a major medical camp for the residents soon.
The Matarba Primary School Principal Mr Ahmed Aden who was in attendance requested that KDF assist them in supplying of water, a request that would be fulfilled once faulty taps were repaired.
The elders expressed their appreciation for the continued presence of the KDF and promised to continue cooperating with security apparatus in countering terrorism, radicalization and extremism within their environs.
This KLE including other CIMIC activities plays a critical role in the overall intention of winning the hearts and minds of the locals and has continued to achieve results within the Boni enclave, consequently improving the security situation.
This is a courtesy story, written by KDF's Communication Officer
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