Winning Community Trust Can Help Rid Kenya of Al-Shabaab

Different approaches by Kenya's county and national governments to Al-Shabaab have made Mandera County a terror hotspot. Attacks started in 2011 when the Kenya Defence Force entered Somalia, to help that country fight the violent extremist group. Recent attacks on communication masts and the detonation of improvised explosive devices along major roads used by government and security forces suggest that Al-Shabaab is there to stay. Although the government has made attempts to push the militants out of Kenya, it won't succeed without community support and an extensive intelligence network. It also needs to address corruption - a problem that is destroying the trust of Mandera's people. Authorities also need to reach a consensus on how to respond to attacks, write Roba D. Sharamo and Guyo Chepe Turi for the Institute for Security Studies.


Tight security at the entrance of Garissa University College on April 3, 2015, after Al-Shabaab militants attacked the University (file photo).

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