, NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 22 – Leaders from northern Kenya have embarked on a series of peace meetings with their constituents following the killing of nine people in fresh inter clan clashes.
The nine people were killed on Friday night in fresh inter clan fighting between members of the Garreh and Degodia clans that have been fighting since last month.
“Nine people have been killed and seven others wounded,” a police officer in the region said.
Four of them were killed in Mandera while five others were killed in Wajir.
Police said those killed include a Kenya Police Reservist who tried to intervene in the fighting between members of the two communities. Tension remains high in the border towns even as more police officers deployed to maintain peace.
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo says they will involve local leaders to ease tensions between the two warring clans.
Led by Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji and Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale, the meetings which kicked off on Saturday are aimed at fostering peace particularly in Mandera County.
“We cannot start speculating on the cause of this insecurity, then there will be no need to meet with our people. Some of us don’t reside in the affected areas that is why we want to get it from the horses mouth,” said Haji
“We are losing lives of women, children and the elderly, who are innocent. As leaders from this region, we have decided that we will sit down with religious and business leaders so that we can see how together with the help of the government we can find a lasting solution,” Garissa Township MP, Duale said.
Garissa and Mandera Counties have experienced a rise in insecurity lately following the deployment of Kenya Defence Forces into Somalia to dismantle the Al-Shaabab militants in the warring country.
MPs Barre Shil (Fafi), Adan Keynan (Eldas) and Wajir Senator Abdirahman Ali Hassan say the forums which will end on Monday will incorporate religious leaders in order to find a solution.
“The government has a prime responsibility to ensure that they protect the lives and properties of its citizenry; for the Mandera case there has been so much laxity or complicacy,” said Hassan.
“We would like to appeal to everybody to see sense and stop this unnecessary killings and wanton destruction of property,” added Shil.