Isi­olo, Garissa lead­ers agree to end clashes

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Northeastern -

The Bo­rana and So­mali com­mu­ni­ties in Isi­olo and Garissa coun­ties have re­solved to end peren­nial clashes and de­mar­cate their bound­ary.

The com­mu­ni­ties have been em­broiled in bloody bor­der clashes, but now have ac­cepted bind­ing res­o­lu­tions to en­sure peace­ful co­ex­is­tence.

Their re­la­tion­ship wors­ened be­cause of cat­tle rustling and com­pe­ti­tion for wa­ter and graz­ing fields.

The clashes erupted a month ago. They left at least 10 peo­ple dead, and more than a 100 dis­placed.

Many res­i­dents have lost their live­stock and prop­erty worth mil­lions of shillings. The worst-hit ar­eas are Tana, Bram­bati, Makadakal, Bel­gish and Boji.

The spate of killings led to a pub­lic out­cry, with peace lob­bies urg­ing the na­tional gov­ern­ment to in­ter­vene.

The res­o­lu­tions were ar­rived at yes­ter­day in Nanyuki, dur­ing a peace and se­cu­rity meet­ing that brought to­gether their rep­re­sen­ta­tives. One res­o­lu­tion calls on politi­cians and lead­ers to de­sist from in­cit­ing their com­mu­ni­ties.

An­other calls for an end to fur­ther con­struc­tion in the dis­puted ar­eas, whether through the CDF or by in­di­vid­u­als and county gov­ern­ments — un­til bound­ary is­sues are re­solved.

Also, the agree­ment re­quires pas­toral­ists to first seek graz­ing per­mis­sion from the host com­mu­ni­ties when there is drought.

Other res­o­lu­tions in­clude reg­is­tra­tion of firearms in the hands of civil­ians. All res­i­dents who own firearms il­le­gally are re­quired to sur­ren­der them.

They also agreed that all il­le­gal road­blocks placed by ban­dits be­tween Gar­bat­ula, Isi­olo and Modogashe be re­moved and pa­trols be in­creased to 24 hours.

There will be a re­view of all ex­ist­ing peace agree­ments. Once done, all res­i­dents will have to re­spect and en­force de­lib­er­a­tions. In line with this, grass­roots peace meet­ings will be or­gan­ised reg­u­larly.

The meet­ing was or­gan­ised by the NCIC and at­tended by com­mis­sion chair­man Fran­cis ole Ka­paro, North­east­ern and Eastern re­gional co­or­di­na­tors, peace ad­vo­cacy groups and county se­cu­rity com­mit­tees.

Oth­ers in at­ten­dance were po­lit­i­cal lead­ers, in­clud­ing Garissa Gover­nor Nathif Jama and Isi­olo Gover­nor Go­dana Doyo.

Lagdera MP Mo­hamed Shidiye, from whose con­stituency some of the worstaf­fected come, said he is op­ti­mistic the res­o­lu­tions will re­store san­ity.

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