For example, the North Eastern Province which covers most of the northern Kenya has been neglected for over 50 years. This is the only region that is almost the same since Kenya become independent from British rule.
The recent images uploaded online by the police officer justifying the brutality against youths in Garissa is a symbol that the country desperate for answers from locals who, in my opinion, rest between the government machinery— the police and Kenya Army—and the elements of hate al shabaab. This region should always be the first priority in terms of the government’s closeness to the people. But instead, the system opened the door for its enemies to plant a seed that will always be there to sprout and cause mayhem in the society.
Yes! There are means of extracting much-needed information from locals, but force is not one of them. These people have suffered enough from previous Kenya governments and they feel alienated from their own country.
The memories of Wagala massacre still haunts the majority living in North Eastern province and any form of violence from security forces leads them to think of other alternatives. So sad that this is why al shabaab terrorists and their sympathizers are still very active in recruiting desperate youths in this region. And the future of this region remains futile since educations facilities are not operations due to fear of terrorism activities.
Now unless Kenya sets new measures to curb the trend of radicalization, terrorism and illiteracy in Northern Kenya, then I guess peace will remain in an ‘unknown’ term forever and worse if the enemy turns this into the breeding ground of evil for the whole country. Nope! We do not wanna take this course.