, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 2 – The Inspector General of Police has now directed all political leaders in Marsabit to record statements with the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) following recent violence in Moyale.
The IG, David Kimaiyo, has also ordered a probe on the website ‘Garreonline’ for allegedly instigating the skirmishes.
He stated that all leaders who won various seats and those who vied but did not win should make themselves available to record the statements.
He indicated that the Moyale conflict is currently being investigated with a view of bringing to book those to have committed various offences which include, murder, arson, looting, political and social incitement.
“The government will not sit and watch unnecessary inter-clan killings which are politically instigated. I therefore direct the Director of Criminal Investigations to cause statements to be recorded from all the political leaders from Marsabit County both those who won various seats and even those who vied for political seats and they did not win,” he said.
He ordered the Director of CID to hasten the probe on the website for allegedly instigating the skirmishes.
He explained that Garreonline called for the secession of parts of North Eastern Kenya.
“According to the map the new region will be called Garreland Republic which stretches from Isiolo, Moyale, Wajir and Mandera to parts of Ethiopia,” he stated.
He said that the inter-clan clashes by warring communities from Mandera, Wajir and Moyale County have resulted in deaths, injuries, destruction of property and displacement of a large number of inhabitants from communities and that the situation needs to be remedied.
The clashes erupted on Friday just hours after Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo held a meeting with political and community leaders in the area and warned them that the government will use force to end incessant fighting.
On Saturday, fresh reconciliation talks kicked off among the warring communities in an effort to find a lasting solution.
The talks that are being spearheaded by community leaders have also incorporated State representatives including the Marsabit County Commissioner, Isaiah Nakoru among other officers.