Kenya has deployed hundreds of its soldiers in border town following a call by leaders of the town to kick embattled Jubbaland minister out of the town.
The residents in the town confirmed that the government deployed security agencies in Mandera town to beef up the security of the areas along Kenya-Somalia border.
The tension still remains high in Mandera town this week as Somali National Army troops are at the border while militias led by fugitive Jubbaland Security Minister Abdirashid Hassan.
The authorities in Bulahawa on Somalia’s side accused Kenya of harbouring the militias loyal to Janan.
He is accused of committing grave human rights violations and killing civilians in Gedo.
International human rights opinion also seems to favour Somalia after Amnesty International called on Kenya to arrest and handover the fugitive, saying he “must be returned to face justice”.
Leaders from Mandera town Mandera East MP Omar Maalim have called on Kenya government to either arrest the wanted minister and hand him over to Somalia authorities or kick him and his forces out of Mandera town.
“I don’t know how our government is benefiting from protecting a wanted criminal. Let the criminal be arrested and handed over or be kicked out of Mandera town for peace to prevail,” said Mr Maalim, a former deputy governor of Mandera.