Monday March 25, 2019
MPs say they will retable motion challenging use of substandard materials in building the security wall
SUB-STANDARD: The security border wall between Kenya and Somalia at Mandera Image: COURTESY
The Kenya-Somalia security border wall was a shoddy project aimed at siphoning public funds, Northeastern leaders have said.
Led by National Assembly Majority leader Aden Duale, the leaders said
chain-link wire mesh used in building the wall is sub-standard.
Duale said Sh3.9 billion meant for the project has been embezzled
hence the buying of substandard materials and shoddy work in the wall's
Isiolo Woman Representative Rehema Jaldesa said the project has
disrupted the lives of locals. She said wall was a "mere chicken wire
mesh that cannot prevent al Shabaab from crossing into Kenya."
Mandera East MP Omar Sala had filed a motion in Parliament
challenging the quality of materials used for the construction of the
The leaders said they will re-table the motion because the country was losing millions through corruption in the project.
Mandera border security wall was meant to seal porous border points
besides curbing al Shabaab attacks. It is supposed to run from Mandera
border point one to Kiunga in Lamu county.
It is being constructed by a government multi-agency group led by the Kenya Defense Forces (KDF).
The leaders spoke on Saturday in Mandera during a fundraiser for the
building of Madrassa at the Aflax Islamic Centre in Khalalio.