24 June 2013

Kenya: Uhuru Orders Mandera, Wajir to Surrender Illegal Arms

Photo: Stuart Price/UNMIS
Inter-clan violence leaves four people dead in North Eastern Kenya (file photo).

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the Government will take stern action against those who continue to fuel hostilities between the Garreh and Degodia clans in Mandera and Wajir counties.

President Kenyatta directed the immediate surrender and mop up of illegal arms, warning that if peace is not restored, the Government will have no choice but to mount an all-out security operation that may have unintended consequences.

"If the hostilities do not end, we will have no otherwise but to move in with full force," President Kenyatta said, adding that the killings of innocent children, women and the elderly cannot be tolerated.

The President was speaking today at State House Nairobi when he met political leaders from Mandera and Wajir to discuss the conflict between the Garreh and Degodia clans.

Kenyatta said his Government will engage the Ethiopian Government to ensure the peaceful co-existence of all communities along the common border.

The President also warned chiefs in Mandera and Wajir counties that they will be held responsible if they fail to take action and provide adequate and timely information that will help in containing acts of breach of peace.

While the Government does its part, President Kenyatta said he expects the leaders from both communities to impress on the two clans to co-exist peacefully as Kenyans. He said it was within the ability of the local leaders to end the violence.

The President added that the Government will accord the leaders all the necessary facilitation required in ending the hostilities and directed the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and Coordination of National Government, Joseph Ole Lenku to immediately take the necessary steps in this regard.

The leaders who included Members of the National Assembly, Members of Senate and governors among others, briefed the President on the outcome of peace meetings which have been ongoing.

The leaders said that in their earlier meetings, they resolved that the hostilities between the two clans should cease immediately and each community must restrain its members from perpetrating any more acts of violence, failure to which will lead to a communal fine of Kshs. 10 million.

They said had also agreed that payment of blood compensation (diyya) should commence with immediate effect and there should be peace without preconditions.

They also resolved that they must all take responsibility of their areas in the promotion of peace, equity, fairness and justice. The leaders assured the President that they will convene more meetings and promote dialogue among the two communities with a view to ending the conflict.

The meeting was attended by Secretary to the Cabinet, Mr. Francis Kimemia, Kenya Red Cross Secretary-General Dr. Abbas Gullet and top security officers led by Inspector General David Kimaiyo. Uhuru warns of stern action against Mandera and Wajir clashes

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