Government suspends construction of border wall amid tension between Kenya, Somalia

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The construction was halted amid tensions in Mandera Town and Bulahawa in Somalia over a dispute in which some 64 houses have been earmarked for demolition to pave way for border wall construction.

Yesterday, Mandera Governor Ali Roba and his Gedo Region counterpart Mohamed Mohamud Aden held a joint presser along the border to assure residents that an amicable solution was being brokered between the two governments and no hostilities had been reported as claimed in a section of social media.

It is believed the houses encroached inside Kenyan territory and has caused tension fuelled by social media propaganda causing fear among locals.

“There is no military occupation nor is there a single house that has been demolished by Kenyan troops. Treat that as propaganda by enemies of good relations that Mandera County and Gedo region enjoy.” Roba said.

“We are alarmed by snippets of misinformation in social that Kenyan military have raided the border and are demolishing houses. As you can see we are peaceful and we have suspended the construction of the border wall to allow for negotiations between the two countries,” Roba added.

The wall construction has been undertaken by a contractor under supervision of the Kenya Defence Forces and has progressed well cushioning Mandera Town from terror attacks.

The border Town has now remained calm for over two years without a single attack compared to some 209 attacks witnessed in 2013-2014.

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