Dis­band El­das to end clashes, say el­ders

They ac­cuse MP Key­nan of try­ing to push boundary and caus­ing con­flict

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A group of el­ders from Wa­jir West sub­county have urged the govern­ment to dis­solve El­das con­stituency.

They yes­ter­day said peren­nial clashes over the con­stituency’s bound­aries have caused many deaths.

The el­ders blamed El­das MP Adan Key­nan for clashes since 2013.

Last week­end’s in­ter-clan clashes in Baqala lo­ca­tion killed eight peo­ple.

“The Baqala clashes are an ex­am­ple of Key­nan’s ex­pan­sion­ist en­ter­prises in El­das,” el­ders’ spokesman Abdi Salat said.

He said the eight peo­ple were killed by armed mil­i­tants from El­das. Salat urged the state to pros­e­cute the cul­prits. He said the clashes erupted af­ter Key­nan tried to ex­pand the El­das boundary and cre­ate a set­tle­ment for his clan in Wa­jir West.

“El­das is a very small con­stituency com­pared to the oth­ers. The MP wants to ex­pand it us­ing vi­o­lence,” Salat said.

He blamed Key­nan for clashes in Wa­jir North, South and West con­stituen­cies.

“The con­flict in Baqala is noth­ing new. It falls in a clear pat­tern where the MP wants to fight ev­ery­body in his quest to push the boundary of his con­stituency,” Salat said.

“The per­pe­tra­tors are well known to se­cu­rity agen­cies. They must be ap­pre­hended and face jus­tice.”

They urged the govern­ment to en­force peace.

In Au­gust, there was ten­sion on the bor­der be­tween El­das and Wa­jir North con­stituen­cies fol­low­ing the killing of four peo­ple. The De­go­dia clan in El­das and the Aju­rans in Wa­jir North fought each other.

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