End border conflict, North Eastern elders ordered

End border conflict, North Eastern elders ordered

North Eastern region leaders have asked elders to stop inter-community wrangles and disarm the locals to ensure peace in the area.

Speaking on Thursday at Garissa County in a meeting that was organised by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC), the elders from communities living along the Wajir-Garissa border told community elders to end the constant boundaries squabbles and push for the surrender of illegal weapons.

North Eastern Regional Coordinator Mahamud Saleh warned the communities engaged in the clan skirmishes that the government would carry out forceful disarmament if the elders won’t ensure a cease fire and if all other avenues for peace fail.

“I have given instruction that all firearms which are with the civilians should be surrendered to the government because we know firearms should only be with the police and the military,” he said.

The community elders agreed through a resolution to stop the conflicts and work with the government to ensure all communities coexist harmoniously and stop border disputes.

While reading the leader’s resolutions, Garissa Senator Mohamed Yussuf Haji said there should be immediate cession of hostilities, all parties must ensure that no further aggression should occur and all communities should cooperate with the government in mopping up illegal firearms.

He commended both parties for paying “saben” (initial token given to the aggrieved), burial expenses and committing to eventfully pay blood compensation, while also urging the national government to prepare speedily and define  the Wajir-Garissa boundary after the consultation by the communities have been concluded.

Mr Haji encouraged communities on both sides of the border to continue collaborating in the return of loss of livestock and support the resettlement of misplaced person and any other effort towards peaceful coexistence.

Other leaders who attended the meeting were Members of Parliament and senators including Mohamed Shidiye (Lagdera), Abdullahi Diriye (Wajir South), Shukran Gure (Garissa women representative), and Abdirahman Hassan (Wajir Senator).


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Story By Paul Baraza
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