NAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 29 – Moyale MP Mohamud Mohamed Ali on Sunday accused the provincial administration in the area of laxity and corruption in handling the recent wave of violence that has left dozens of people dead.,
Ali also blamed the provincial administration of biased and selective application of justice and called on the government to replace them.
Addressing a press conference in Nairobi, he said the district and provincial security committees had let down the national government.
“I am demanding for fairness, I am demanding for impartiality and I am demanding that the provincial security committee and the district security committee be investigated at a higher level so that we will be able to solve these problems,” Ali said.
Moyale has been hit by sporadic clashes between the Gabra and Borana Communities since November last year despite peace efforts to unite the two communities.
“There should be no blame games, we have petitioned the government even towards the end of November when the first incident occurred,” the legislator stated.
“The first conflict began in Ethiopia. Armed militia ran away into Kenya, the same was reported to the District Security Committees office by the locals petitioning the government to repatriate the illegal entry of foreigners with firearms in our soil and that is what has caused deaths,” he said.
Fierce fighting between the Gabra and Borana ethnic groups broke out late Thursday in areas close to Kenya’s border with Ethiopia.
Clashes between the rival cattle herding pastoralists in the region are common, with herders often carrying guns to protect their animals, but the recent fighting has been unusually heavy.