Fresh talks to quell Moyale clashes open

August 31, 2013 12:43 pm

, MOYALE-FIGHTINGNAIROBI, Kenya, August 31-Fresh reconciliation talks kicked off Saturday among the warring communities in Moyale, Marsabit County in an effort to find a lasting solution following clashes that erupted on Friday.

The Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National government said the talks that are being spearheaded by community leaders, have also incorporated state representatives including the Marsabit County Commissioner, Isaiah Nakoru among other officers.

“The situation in Moyale is tense but stable. Reconciliation is currently ongoing between the warring communities,” the Ministry stated on its Twitter account.

Violent clashes erupted on Friday morning even after the Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo held a meeting with political and community leaders in the area on Thursday and warned that the government would use force to end unceasing fighting.

“The reconciliation being championed by area leaders should provide a lasting solution,” the Ministry said with optimism.

Meanwhile, the Kenya Red Cross has kicked off a rapid assessment exercise to check the impact of the inter-clan fighting between the Gabbra, Borana and Burji communities.

Public relations officer Peter Outa said following the current calm situation, Red Cross officers are seeking to get the exact number of the torched houses, the displaced people and those injured during the clashes.

Speaking to Capital News Outa said there were reports of displaced residents searching for refuge across the boarder to Ethiopia that will also be confirmed after the exercise.

“Our officers could not go to the ground yesterday until the situation was put under control. But now the team is on the ground to also check on the needs that are there. Yesterday we took some casualties to the hospital,” Outa said.

The fresh clashes left several business premises and houses torched in Somare and Teti areas.

“There is adequate security apparatus in the area,” Outa added.


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