, NAIROBI, Kenya Aug 30 – The government says it will use force to end recurrent tribal clashes in Moyale, if local leaders fail to enforce a ceasefire.
The warning comes days after clashes in Moyale Town, which left 10 people dead and scores of others injured.
Speaking after a consultative meeting with the county’s elected leaders and representatives of the warring communities Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo said “the government will move in Moyale with force” to restore normalcy if the area leaders fail to convince their people to end the fighting.
Iringo said the government would not allow any further loss of innocent lives.
“We can’t have the lives of innocent people being taken. We’ll do all it takes even if it means force to restore normalcy in Moyale,” said Iringo on the ministry’s Twitter account.
Three hundred houses in Manyatta, Heilu, Odda and Sessi villages were set ablaze during Tuesday’s deadly clashes.
Preliminary police investigations show attacks in Marsabit pitted Borana against Gabbra communities living in the area.
The peace meeting held on Thursday in Moyale had resolved that political leaders will take the lead in appealing for ceasefire in the area.
Area leaders said that relative calm had returned although tension remained high within and outside Moyale town. Police are patrolling the area to avert more deaths.
The meeting was attended by the Governor, Senator, Women rep, MPs and elders from Garre, Sakuye and corner tribe.
Paramilitary police were deployed in Marsabit, Mandera and Moyale Counties on Wednesday following the killing of six people in the last five days.