Jubaland forces still holed up in Mandera – Roba

Mandera Governor Ali Roba has said the county is still unstable and Jubaland security forces are still holed up in the county.

He spoke on Monday as Kenya and Somalia continue efforts to defuse the tensions in the region.

Roba said Jubaland security forces remain in Mandera, almost two weeks after pictures emerged of the heavily armed men roaming within the town inn pick-up trucks.

Fighting at the common border began a fortnight ago after Somalia accused Nairobi of harbouring fugitive Jubaland Security Minister Abdirashid Hassan Abdinur, also known as  Abdirashid Janan

Roba claimed there were gunshots along the border believed to be from forces allied to Janan.

“The public has reported two lorries carrying Janan troops heading to Mandera along B9/A13 Road,” he stated on his Twitter account.

Communications director David Ohito told the Star the county is still pressuring the government to expel the foreign soldiers.

“Jubaland security forces are still around. The county is doing everything toensure these soldiers cross back to their home country,” he said.

Kenyans on social media have been advising Roba to move to court to compel the government to expel the foreign forces.

“Governor Ali Roba and the people of Mandera should urgently move to the High Court for orders to compel the expulsion of the foreigners,” a social media user said.