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Don’t dare touch workers: Duale warns terrorists

The Defence Cabinet Secretary (CS) Aden Dual has warned terrorists against interfering with government projects in the terror-prone counties.

The CS’s tough warning came after a series of attacks by terror groups like Al Shabbab have meted on people who work for the government project Lamu Port-South Sudan-Ethiopia-Transport (Lapsset) project.

There have been many terrorism cases – being occasioned by terrorists – that have derailed the completion of the project. The terrorists have been targeting workers at the site, which has prompted the work to stall due to the insecurity.

The Lapsset Corridor programme is Eastern Africa’s largest and most ambitious infrastructure project bringing together Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

The project consists of seven key infrastructure projects starting with a new 32-berth port at Lamu (Kenya).

Speaking in Iftin ward, Garissa Township constituency, during a funds drive for Madarastul Al-Hidaya on Saturday, a tough-talking CS warned that it would not be business as usual with the terrorists.

“As a government, we will do everything possible to make sure that we protect the citizens and the critical infrastructures, including the Lapsset corridor and all government installations from any criminal activities, which include terrorists. And if the militants think that we are joking or playing lip service, then let them dare.

“In fact, starting next week, we will deploy military officers to guard those doing work on the road. The president has said that this project must be completed. Even if it means having a thousand military officers to ensure that things run smoothly we will do it,” Duale assured.

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