Leaders from Garissa County have asked the Government to arm chiefs so that they can defend themselves when attacked by Al-Shabaab militants.

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The leaders further want the government to station 10 police officers at every chief’s camp and to provide enough security in terror-prone areas following recent terror attacks.

Garissa Township MP Aden Duale said on Monday said a presidential directive to deploy more specialized forces should be enforced in a bid to address the security challenge posed by the Somalia based terror group.

Duale who is also the National Assembly Majority leader said security forces and agencies should work closely with locals to fight terror.

Speaking during a consultative forum for peace and security which is aimed at countering violent extremism, Duale said locals's voices should be listened to.

“Views of locals should be incorporated in the fight against terror. They should not be victimised or isolated,” he stated.

Garissa Governor Ali Korane who was also present in the meeting said leaders should come up with new solutions to fight the militants following increased attacks.

“We the local leaders and community members together with the county security committee should come up with resolutions that we will share with top security organs for immediate ratification,” said Korane.

Non-local teachers have fled Garissa after three teachers were killed last week by Al-Shabaab militants.