By Fredrick Nzwili
Two Christian propagandize teachers were killed in an conflict by suspected Al-Shabaab militants in Kenya’s Mandera County, nearby a Somali border, final week.
Philip Okumu, 26, and Daniel Wekesa 39, died on Wednesday (10 October) after assailants raided a residence for non-local teachers in Arabia Boys Secondary, about one kilometre from a Kenya-Somali border.
According to Olaka Kutswa, a Mandera County Commissioner, over 20 assailants stormed a propagandize around 1 am, outnumbering a 4 Kenya Police Reservists (KPR) on guard. They threw an bomb device into one of a bedrooms of a residence where a school’s 4 non-local teachers stayed, environment it on fire, he pronounced in a statement.
Both Okumu and Wekesa were shot when they attempted to shun a fire.
Police pronounced yesterday (15 October) that a conflict had been designed by Hassan Hodey, a Somali inhabitant from a Damasa area, and pronounced Al-Shabaab seemed to be scheming serve attacks in a Kenya – Somalia limit region.
The school’s other dual non-local teachers, Elijah Nderitu and Kelvin Lomusi, survived a attack.
“All a other teachers, students, and workers are safe, and a County Security Committee has hold several meetings with a County Education Board to arrange for required psychological support and counselling services for them,” pronounced Kutswa.
Survivor Lomusi told Kenya’s The Citizen TV that a enemy had forced open a doorway to his room before one of them entered to check if there were any survivors. He afterwards fled when a mattress held fire.
“I was stealing between a bed and a wall,” pronounced Lomusi, who postulated some browns on his face after a mattress held fire. “Going out was not a elementary step to take, given we feared they might still be around.”
“After witnessing a conflict and a murdering of my colleagues, we can no-longer continue operative there anymore,” Elijah Nderitu, a other survivor, told a TV station.
The teachers, creatively from western Kenya, were sincerely new in a area. Okumu had worked in a propagandize given 2016, while Wekesa had assimilated a establishment in 2017. Both organisation were Christians, Fr. Nicholas Mutua, a Catholic priest, told World Watch Monitor.
The conflict comes as fear is flourishing that Al-Shabaab, a Somalia-based easterly African associate of Al-Qaeda, is targeting education, and a proponents, in a primarily Muslim region.
Following an conflict by a organisation on Garissa University College in Apr 2015, in that gunmen killed 149 students, Kenya’s boss Uhuru Kenyatta suggested a attacks were an try by a militants to emanate a caliphate in Somalia and north-eastern Kenya. Observers contend that ‘eliminating’ non-locals from a Muslim-majority segment would fit that strategy.
In February, a supervision systematic a send of all non-local teachers from regions nearby a limit with Somalia after dual other non-Muslim teachers and a fiancée of one of them were killed in beside Wajir County.
Following those killings a Teacher Service Commission (TSC) eliminated 108 teachers (both Primary and Secondary) divided from a flighty limit areas. An estimated 18, however, chose to sojourn in a region.
Although a transfers were criticized by internal domestic leaders, a Jun 2018 news by a TSC showed that non-local teachers were frequently tormented on basement of their religion, race, culture, dress and language. Female teachers were being forced to wear deras (a vast dress) and a hijab (veil), and both masculine and womanlike teachers were frequently pounded by students.
Father Mutua, who serves Mandera County from Garissa town, told World Watch Monitor that Christian teachers operative in Kenya’s flighty north and north-east, were unchanging targets.
While Al-Shabaab has increasing attacks in Kenya, generally given a nation sent infantry to join a African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), some observers fear that internal politics and energy struggles among internal house leaders might also be fuelling some of a attacks.
According to Mutua, a attacks seem well-planned given non-local adults are spoiled or killed, while a internal Muslim teachers and other workers were left unscathed.
In Oct 2016 Al-Shabaab militants carried out an conflict in Mandera town, murdering Christian Kenyans who were not from a internal area.
“We have been observant that while a tangible attacks are carried out by Al-Shabaab militants, internal collaborations should not be ignored,” pronounced a priest.
“We have celebrated that a murdering of a teachers tends to start as inhabitant examinations approach. The same trends is steady when formula are released. We need to examine if a attacks are associated to examinations and a control of results,” he said, adding that internal people fear that non-locals might exhibit secrets associated to intrigue in a exams.
However, Fr. Alfred Murithi, a Catholic clergyman in Wajir town told World Watch Monitor in Feb that Christian teachers contend they face many other challenges, such as taste by a internal communities along eremite lines, given they are not Muslims.
Wajir, like Mandera and other counties in a region, are primarily Muslim, though in both open and private schools, a infancy of a teachers (roughly estimated during 60 per cent) are Christians.