GARISSA, Kenya, (Xinhua) --
The Kenyan government has warned commuter bus
companies and other transporters against aiding aliens from
neighboring Somalia to make their way to Kenyan capital,
Regional Commissioner Mohamed Birik told journalists in Garissa
on Sunday that the government is closely monitoring the bus
companies and the transporters with a view of taking stern
measures against them.
Birik said it has
been established that bus companies and transporters in the
region play a significant role in the matters of transit of
“We want to ask all
the bus companies not to engage in this illicit business of
transporting aliens in this region. We know and understand that
some of these aliens are indeed possibly members of the al-Shabab
terror group,” Birik said.
said to curb the vice, the government will increase and enhance
the road blocks and in particularly the Modigar and Tana Bridge.
Cases of human
smuggling have been on the rise in the region with hundreds of
young men from neighboring countries finding their way into
South Africa through Kenya in search of employment.
The authorities said
several aliens who find their way into the Kenyan police cells
have tripled in the past few weeks over stretching the capacity
of the cells in the East African nation