, NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 25 – Tension remains high in Moyale following the killing of at least three people in fresh inter-clan fighting that has been going on since Saturday, authorities said.
Several people were also wounded in the attack pitting members of the Gabra and Borana clans.
“Three people have been killed in fresh skirmishes between the Borana and Garba communities in Moyale,” Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo said and urged local leaders to unite the residents. “We urge area leaders to come out and reconcile the warring communities.”
He assured that security will be beefed up in the region “We have sent more security personnel to Antut village where the people have been fighting.”
Following the weekend attacks, the Principal Secretary announced a resolution to “take action on illegal immigrants and armed Gabra currently stationed at Qolloba in Odda location.” He did not give more details.
A local administrator said “There was tension since Friday but the attacks occurred yesterday (Saturday). These communities have been having problems with one another for sometime now.”
Locals leaders have warned against arrests to avoid aggravating the already volatile situation.
“Both sides are involved, so if there are arrests, they must be from all the communities,” a local leader said.
Deputy Inspector General of Police Grace Kaindi confirmed there was a “problem on the ground.”
“We are aware of the situation and officers are on the ground,” Kaindi told Capital FM News on telephone.
She said a peace meeting was held on Sunday and more were expected in the coming days to bring together the warring communities. “We cannot do it on our own, we are working closely with the elders to ensure there is peace.”
Kaindi said officers deployed to the region will remain on the ground for several weeks “until the time when we are satisfied.”
“It is not only Moyale, security will be beefed up in the entire region of North Eastern,” she said.