Transforming Mandera County’s Deadly Reputation For Maternal Health

By Siddharth Chatterjee: Representative at UNFPA Kenya


For many women in Mandera County a hard to reach, insecure and arid part of North Eastern Kenya, the story of life from childhood to adulthood is one about sheer pain and struggle for survival.

As little girls, they undergo female genital mutilation (FGM), a painful carving out of the external genitalia that leaves them with lifelong physical and psychological scars.

Most girls will be married off when barely into their teens, forcing them to drop out of school, their immature bodies thrust into the world of childbearing.

As a result, Mandera – just a two-hour flight from the dynamic, modern East African hub of Nairobi – has maternal mortality ratio of 3,795 deaths per 100,000 live births that surpasses that of wartime Sierra Leon (2000 deaths per 100,000 live births) as well as the Kenya’s national average (448 deaths per 100,000 live births).

Mandera is an example of a community marginalized combined with internecine conflicts, pockets of extremism, poor human development, cross border terrorism, which has trapped its people in poverty, misery and desperation. Cultural norms like status of the women, FGM and child marriage makes it worse. Among the poor, inequities hurt women and girls most.

However, things are looking up. Kenya’s decision to devolve government, putting much more power in the hands of local authorities, is having an impact on the ground. Indicators such as number of health facilities offering basic maternal and child health, and the number of women giving birth in a health facility are improving.

Just as critical to these improvements is the recently established private sector’s coalition to transform the health landscape of this county, long considered a lost frontier.

The goal of this coalition is to develop new products and service delivery models, like community life centers (CLC) to improve maternal and new-born health among most vulnerable populations in Kenya.

An inter-agency team consisting of the Office of the President of Kenya, Ministry of Health, Kenya Red Cross, UNOCHA, Save the Children, technology company Philips, Amref, Safaricom, GlaxoSmithKlein and UNFPA visited Mandera on 13th October 2015 with the Ambassadors of Turkey and Sweden to Kenya to launch a Ministry of Health-UNFPA-Philips Innovation partnership.

The UNFPA and Philips CLC project, is expected to bring quality primary healthcare within reach of about 25,000 population with small improvements enhance that functionality of health facilities like 24-hour lighting that will allow facility deliveries to take place and sick children attended after dark. If successful, this initiative could be scaled-up and transform maternal and child health in Mandera county.

Mandera has long remained out of bounds for most international UN staff and diplomats due to insecurity. Hopefully the visit by the Ambassadors of Turkey and Sweden, who are ardent advocates of the rights of women and children, will pave the way for more visits to all the North Eastern counties which face similar challenges.

The Ambassadors spoke of their countries’ commitment to work with the county to change the narrative, especially to advance the rights and wellbeing of all women and girls.

The broader partnership which also includes Huawei, Kenya Health Care Federation, MSD, together with the United Nations’s H4+ partners will focus on the 6 counties with a high burden of maternal mortality: Wajir, Marsaibit, Lamu, Isiolo, Migori and Mandera.

The main activities in these 6 counties will include strengthening supply chain management for health commodities, increasing availability and demand for youth-friendly health services, capacity building for health professionals, youth empowerment and research. These activities be complemented by the results based financing supported through the Health Results Innovation Trust Fund managed by the World Bank.

It is also in line with the full-scale Kenyan government commitment to reduce maternal deaths and the new polices of free maternity care and user fee removal.

Kenya’s First Lady Margaret Kenyatta once remarked that “I am deeply saddened by the fact that women and children in our country die from causes that can be avoided. It doesn’t have to be this way,” she said. “This is why I am launching the ‘Beyond Zero Campaign’ which will bring prenatal and postnatal medical treatment to women and children in our country.

The dividend from healthier women will be a more educated and healthy society, with more economic opportunities and reduced exclusion which will engender peace and hopefully reduce the drivers of violent extremism.

It will be a major score for Mandera towards fulfilling the vision of UN Security Council Resolution 1325 which is about empowerment and participation of women, ending discrimination and the scourge of harmful traditional practices like FGM and child marriage.

The launch in Mandera has shown that led by the National Government and the county authorities, the development partners and the private sector have their shoulders squared for the job at hand; clearly becoming a global force for good and makes good business sense.

Somalia hands over Shabaab leader to Kenya

“A Kenyan military source confirmed Hersi was being held at a military facility in the northeastern city of Wajir”

World Bulletin / News Desk

Somalia has handed captured Al-Shabaab intelligence chief Zakariya Ismail Hersi over to the Kenyan authorities.

“I can confirm that Hersi is not in our hands at this moment,” Ibrahim Adan, commissioner for the El Wak district, where the top militant was being held, told The Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

“He has been taken by the Kenyan army and airlifted to Kenya,” he confirmed.

Adan, who also sits on the district’s security committee, said Hersi was accompanied by some Somali army officers.

Hersi, Al-Shabaab’s intelligence chief, had been placed on Washington’s wanted list with a $3-million bounty on his head.

He was reportedly arrested from his hideout near El Wak following a tip-off to the regional authorities.

A military source in Kenya has confirmed that Hersi was being held at a military facility in the northeastern city of Wajir after being airlifted from Somalia.

It is not immediately clear whether the senior Al-Shabaab leader will be taken to capital Nairobi.

Kenya believes that an Al-Shabaab brigade responsible for much of the killing recently seen in the country is based in the Gedo region’s El Wak district

Mandera leaders in drive to restore county’s image after Al-Shabaab attacks

Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow address residents at Geneva grounds in Mandera county on December 8, 2014. Leaders from the county have started an initiative dubbed Okoa Mandera which aims at restoring confidence in the troubled county. PHOTO | MANASE OTSIALO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Leaders from the troubled Mandera County have embarked on a series of meetings to restore the image of the county that has suffered several terrorist attacks in the past few months.

The leaders from political, religious and business circles have resolved to have operation Okoa Mandera to save the county from the mass exodus of civil servants that is being witnessed after the killing of non-locals and non-Muslims by the Al-Shabaab militants.

Speaking at a public baraza on Monday, Mandera County Governor Ali Roba said time had come for the people of Mandera to defend their county and the nation at large.

“Our county’s economy is under threat and we are saying time to save it is now.

“We are from today going to stop giving general information to the security agencies and give specific information so that Al-Shabaab can be dealt with.

“The terrorists have put sanctions on the people of this county because we have welcomed them and we are now asking the National Government to clean up the town,” said Mr Roba.


The governor said 20 health facilities have already been closed in the county after health workers left the facilities fearing for their lives.

Mr Roba called on the public to volunteer information to the authorities as one of the measures for improving security.

“More than 150 teachers have applied for transfers from this county because of insecurity but before schools re-open early next year we have to make corrections so that our children can learn and the sick get treated. If we don’t cooperate and fight Al-Shabaab, it is our children who will suffer the most,” said Mr Roba.

The governor condemned the attacks adding that no religion supported the killing of anyone.

“These are drug addicts who are using religion to carry out terrorist activities and we have to be vigilant enough to know who is who and when renting our houses in town it’s good to keep records of our tenants.

“We have reached our elastic limit of tolerance and we want to see youths form vigilante groups to help the police in dealing with the terrorist groups,” he said.

Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow said: “Let’s all join hands in fighting Al-Shabaab by giving the right information to the security agencies.

Al-Shabaab has always claimed whenever they kill people that they are helping Kenyan Muslims when the Muslims inside Somalia are more troubled than the Kenyan ones.”

Other leaders who spoke were North Eastern Regional Coordinator Ernest Munyi who said the only way to restore security was to cooperate with security agencies and embrace the Nyumba Kumi security initiative.

Mandera County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo said the government is ready to act against Al-Shabaab.

Other leaders present were Industrialisation Cabinet Secretary Mohamed Adan, MPs Abdulazia Farah (Mandera East), Mohamud Mohamed (Mandera West) , Banisa Mohamed Abdow and Huka (Mandera South).

Uhuru Kenyatta: Islam was a religion of peace, the President said that terrorists who claim to kill in the name of Allah are juts “deranged animals”.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday afternoon annouced that Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo had resigned.

Addressing the nation from State House following the latest attack in Mandera early Tuesday, the President also announced the nomination of Kajiado Central MP Major-General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery as the Interior Cabinet secretary.

The fate of Joseph ole Lenku, who had been heading the docket since the Jubilee administration took over power, remains unknown.

The President said he acknowledged that there were some weaknesses in the security domain.

Addressing journalists earlier, Mr Kimaiyo said his resignation was a personal decision.

President Kenyatta also announced that he had written to the National Assembly to request that they extend their sitting to address the security issue.

“I too hurt and grief with you. In due course, our security situation will turn around,” the President said.

He reminded county governments of their responsibility to work with the national government.


SayingIslam was a religion of peace, the President said that terrorists who claim to kill in the name of Allah are juts “deranged animals”.

He said that media must become an honest broker of national discourse.

“We come to the aid of terrorists when we shout at each other,” said the President.

He extended his condolences to relatives of Kenyans who have lost lives in the recent attacks.


Earlier Tuesday, MPs had piled pressure on President Kenyatta to sack Mr Lenku and Mr Kimaiyo after the fresh terrorist attacks in Mandera and Wajir counties that led to the deaths of at least 39 people.

The legislators condemned the attacks, calling them heinous and an attempt to divide Kenyans along religious lines, adding that those tasked with protecting Kenyans had failed to do so.

Majority Leader Aden Duale led MPs in condemning the attacks at a press conference at Parliament where several legislators called for the resignation of the two government officials.

Mr Duale said the incessant attacks by Al-Shabaab militants were not different from other terrorist attacks across the world.

“There is no difference with what is happening in Syria, Nigeria and Iraq. These are acts of terrorists who are doing it in the name of Islam.

“It is not about Jubilee or Cord, it is a war against our nation. This is a war on all Kenyans regardless of their religion,” said Mr Duale who said he spoke on behalf of the Muslim MPs.


He asked Kenyans to remain united in the face of the attacks that have intensified over the last one week.

“Al-Shabaab wants to divide us along religious lines by attacking Christians. We are calling a crisis meeting as leaders from north-eastern (Kenya) to find a way to help the government deal with the situation,” added Mr Duale.

Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau said the whole institution of the police force had failed the country and should be reviewed.

“It is the institution of police that is failing us. We have security officers in Mandera. From police commanders, NIS officers, a county commissioner and yet we have such attacks? All the officers need to be checked,” added Mr Kamau.

He went on: “It is becoming untenable that terrorists are attacking this country at will. It is possible that someone within the police could be sabotaging Kenya’s security. I fail to understand how a country with well-equipped police officers fails to prevent such heinous attacks.”

Kieni MP Kanini Kega said Mr Lenku and Mr Kimaiyo were not performing their jobs as required and should be relieved of their jobs.

“These are our children who had gone to look for employment. It is not as if we do not have police, intelligence service or a functioning Kenya Defence Forces. We are saying someone is failing somewhere. This is enough,” said Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi.


After last week’s attack on a bus in Mandera, the legislators urged the President to sack the duo, but he did not heed the demand.

“It is sad that each week people are killed by terrorists. We are in a state of war. We are all uncertain about our insecurity.

“It is sad people charged with (ensuring) our security are sitting pretty, earning allowances and yet people are being killed endlessly,” said Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter.

Nairobi Woman Representative Rachel Shebesh said it was painful to see Kenyans being butchered day in day out yet those in charge of national security were still in office.

“It is becoming too painful to always see Kenyans being butchered every now and then. The President must come out this time (a)round and take stern action against those not doing their roles as required,” said Ms Shebesh.

The MPs said it was vital for Kenyans to stand united in fighting the terrorist group.

“We condemn this heinous attack. We will not allow ourselves to be divided by people who are committing crimes in the name of Islam,” said Kisumu Town East MP Shakeel Shabir


At least 36 people were killed at a quarry at Koromey in Mandera County on Tuesday morning by Al-Shabaab militants.

All the victims were non-Muslims and most of them are said to have hailed from Chaka in Kiganjo, Nyeri County.

Some survivors have told the police that Muslims who were at the site were spared.

The victims were made to line up and most of them were shot in the head while others were beheaded.

Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police say the victims were attacked as they were sleeping in tents at the site at around 1am.

Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo said that they were attacked at a quarry in Koromey, about 10 km from Mandera town.

The attack happened just four hours after three men, all armed with AK-47 rifles, attacked a club in Wajir where they shot dead one person and injured 13 others.

The masked attackers raided Ngamia Club, about 800 metres from the Wajir Police Station and shot indiscriminately at the revellers. Mr Boniface Daae was shot in the back and was later pronounced dead.

Kenya police spokesperson Zipporah Mboroki said three other victims — Kevin Ojwang, Tom Gikundi and John Muchiri — were admitted to a hospital in serious condition.

After the club attack, the gunmen raided a Kenya Power sub-station but were repulsed by the officers who were guarding the area.

The attack occurred barely a day after Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi asked the public to shun tribal clashes and work with police in battling Al-Shabaab.

He said a lot of resources had already been spent on resolving clan disputes, diverting time and resources from the main insecurity problem.

He also requested the police to stop harassing local businessmen and the public regarding where they get their sugar from, instead of focusing on the fight against terrorism.

Mr Abdullahi was speaking during World AIDS Day celebrations on Monday.

State House released a statement on the Mandera and Wajir attacks Tuesday and said investigations into the two incidences had been launched

The statement by State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu indicated that a full statement would be issued later Tuesday.

“The Government sends messages of condolences to the families of those who have lost their dear ones and stands by them during this difficult time,” the statement read.

On November 22, a Nairobi-bound bus was attacked and 28 passengers were shot dead at Omar Jillo in Mandera County.

(READ: Gunmen kill 28 in morning of terror)

The victims were also shot in the head.

Al-Shabab Terrorists claims Kenya bus passenger killings


“Somali terrorist group says 28 non-Muslim passengers shot on board bus in Mandera in revenge for police raids on Mombasa mosques”.

Al-Shabab fighters from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya’s north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said.

Two police officers said that the bus travelling to the capital Nairobi with 60 passengers was hijacked 50km from the town of Mandera near Kenya’s border with Somalia.

The officers insisted on anonymity out of fear of reprisals because of an order from Kenya’s police chief that officers should not speak to the media.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the dawn bus attack in a statement on Saturday, saying the attack was revenge for raids carried out by Kenyan security forces on mosques in the coastal city of Mombasa. Kenyan police said they found explosives and arrested more than 150 people in the mosque raids

“By the grace of Allah, the Mujahideen successfully carried out an operation near Mandera early this morning, which resulted in the perishing of 28 crusaders, as a revenge for the crimes committed by the Kenyan crusaders against our Muslim brethren in Mombasa,” Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, a spokesman for the group, said in the statement.

The interior ministry confirmed Saturday’s attack, saying via its official Twitter handle: “Security agencies are in pursuit of the criminal gang. We’ll give a comprehensive update once preliminary reports are out.”

Police said that the attackers, who were heavily-armed, fled towards the border between Kenya and Somalia, adding that a security team has been deployed to the area to capture the attackers.

A reporter for Kenya’s Standard newspaper told Al Jazeera the attack happened at 5:45am local time.

Quoting Mandera County Commissioner, journalist Boniface Mungeri said the attack was carried out by “about 100 gunmen who commandeered” the bus and forced the passengers out.

Passengers separated

Mungeri said the passengers were separated into groups according to their religion. Non-Muslims, the reporter said, were executed and Muslims were freed. The assailants attempted to take the bus but it got stuck in mud on the unpaved road.

Among those killed were two security officers and teachers who were travelling to their home towns on holiday, said the reporter.

Mandera County Governor Ali Ibrahim Roba said on Twitter: “The inhumane butchering of innocent Kenyans by terrorist must get [a] very firm response from our national security team.”

Kenyan authorities have blamed the Somali armed group al-Shabab for a wave of deadly attacks across the East African nation. Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 after raids on its coastal towns blamed on al-Shabab and has since seen a surge in lethal attacks.

Al-Shabab has also been blamed for the September 2013 attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, which killed 77 people.

Somali government troops backed by AU forces are making progress in capturing the remaining al-Shabab strongholds, but the group has continued to carry out attacks in Somalia and the East Africa region.

Recently, they captured the port town of Barawe.

Al-Shabab was also dealt a heavy blow following the death of their leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed in early September in a US airstrike.

Godane has been replaced by Ahmed Omar, also known as Abu Ubeid.

The Day Terrorist Shook our Mandera County

Suspected Al Shabaab terrorists on Saturday morning killed at least 28 people on a bus in Arabiya area, Mandera County.

The heavily armed militias are reported to have waylaid Nairobi bound bus, which left the incursion prone Mandera town early in the morning between Mandera and Arabia.

Confirming the incident, Mandera East sub-county commissioner Elvis Korir said “I can confirm to you that there was unfortunate incident this morning where about 27 innocent travelers were killed by unknown militia,”

He added “We are now in the preparation of sending security reinforcement, medical staffs and ambulance to retrieve and transport the bodies of the deceased to Mandera town. Military are already there to pursue the heartless killers.”

According to Korir, the assailants stopped the bus, veered off from the main road before separating passengers and targeting those they perceived to be non-Muslim.

“There are unconfirmed reports indicating all those killed were commuters perceived to be non- Muslim by the attackers who were separated from the rest. But we treat this as speculations until our officers who are on the ground verify the assertions,” he added while speaking on phone.

The attacks come barely two days after government security officials in the coastal city of Mombasa closed two mosques after allegedly found hosting radicalised Muslim youth and cache of firearms among them hand grenades.

Towns in North-East region (Mandera, Wajir and Garissa) has bore the brunt of the revenge attacks by the Somali based Al-Qaeda inspired Islamist, who repeatedly declared deadly attacks in Kenya that will turn rivers into running human bloods and tall buildings into debris of destruction.

Arabia ward member of the County assembly (MCA) Abdullahi Abdirahman who spoke to Standard Digital on phone said the attacks happened 15 kilometers from Arabia town at about 5 am local time, and blamed the national government for the beastly killing of innocent commuters.

He accused the government of not taking their repeated calls to establish a strong military presence in Arabia to thwart recurrent attacks from suspected Islamist militia, who frequently ambushed vehicles using Mandera-Arabia road and killing, maiming and looting people at will.

“We have had more than 15 militia attacks that has led to death and maiming of travelers in this road for the last one year alone. We have pleaded with the government to provide security, but they have turned deaf ears and here today we are experiencing avoidable massacre,” he lamented.

On Wednesday night, two civilians were injured after unknown armed criminals lobbed hand grenades and gun fire at group of people who were walking on the street in Wajir town.

Taipan Announces Increase in Prospective presence of hydrocarbons in Elwak (Mandera South)


Taipan Resources Inc. (“Taipan” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:TPN)(OTCQX:TAIPF) is pleased to announce that an independent assessment of the Company’s prospective resources on Block 1, northern Kenya has been completed by RPS Energy in the United Kingdom (“RPS”). The independent assessment was carried out in accordance with the standards established by the Canadian Securities Administrators in National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities. The effective date of the report is October 15, 2014.
The total gross aggregate mean prospective resources on Block 1 in the report are estimated at 1,303 MMbbls 1 oil (260 MMbbls Taipan working interest).
The largest identified feature is the El Wak lead with gross mean prospective resources of 728 MMbbls 1 (146 MMbbls Taipan working interest). The high estimate of prospective resources for El Wak is 1,911 MMbbls 1 (382 MMbbls net to Taipan).
The El Wak lead is a four-way dip closed structure at surface overlying 1200 sq km of gravity high. A 290 km 2D seismic shoot, estimated to cost around $2m net to Taipan, is planned over the prospect before the end of the year.
Taipan holds a 20% working interest in Block 1 (5.497 million acres / 22,246 sq km) which is operated by East Africa Exploration (Kenya) Ltd, a subsidiary of Afren Plc.
Afren has a two well commitment in the current exploration period in Block 1.
Commented Paul Logan, Exploration Manager for Taipan “Due to the size of the structure and the presence of hydrocarbons in the area, indicated by an oil seep to the west at Tarbaj Hill, El Wak should prove to be an intriguing and attractive target to drill”.
Geological Probability of Success (“GPoS”) of Aggregated Volume for any Hydrocarbon type = 27%
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Taipan operates and holds a 30% working interest in Block 2B (1.35 million acres / 5,464 sq km) and a 20% working interest in Block 1 (5.497 million acres / 22,246 sq km) which is operated by East Africa Exploration (Kenya) Ltd, a subsidiary of Afren plc.
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