Ten young men from each district have been selected to join hands with local councillors and spiritual leaders to speak to communities in the region on the issues of peace, terrorism and religion. “This kind of education will only be effective if the youth are involved at every stage in the programmes,” said Mr Mohammed. But a major challenge facing the programme and the eventual crash of the terror group in North Eastern Province is that residents along the porous Somalia-Kenya border come from the same clan. This, the PG said, will make it hard to differentiate who belongs to al Shabaab and who does not.The PG noted the provincial administration and the police had also been asked to participate in the campaign. “Although our greatest fear is that the political turmoil in the troubled Somalia may spill over to the province, we have taken the civic education as a proactive measure,” said Mr Mohammed.Earlier this year, the al Shabaab abducted two Italian nuns from the border area, sending Kenya’s top security men into discussions on how to stop the incursions. The country is also said to have been marshalling troops in the northern region to secure its border with the war-torn Somalia since then. Earlier in the year, a top police official was quoted as saying al Shabaab had officially communicated to the government that “they would stop at nothing, including armed conflict, to invade the province and make it part of their country and rule it using their religious laws”.
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