NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 27 – Peace is gradually returning to Marsabit County months after President Uhuru Kenyatta tasked a mediation team to spearhead dialogue among warring communities there.
Governor Ukur Yatani says about 90 percent of people who had fled to other counties following months of murderous conflict were beginning to return home.
He said the County Government had set aside Sh450 million to restore livelihoods and rehabilitate institutions in the eastern county.
“They (residents) have realised that no outsider is going to carry out security measures for them particularly in various homes outside Moyale. The communities have now come together.”
“Those whose houses weren’t destroyed are accommodating the rival groups and this is very positive.”
“Reconciliation is actually working which is very good.”
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President Kenyatta appointed former Speaker of the National Assembly Francis ole Kaparo and Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji to spearhead peace talks with leaders of Marsabit County. At the time, the insecurity was threatening to create conflict between the national government and the County government over responsibility for restoring calm and managing peace among the communities.
“This issue of insecurity is huge and not right. We as Kenyans should make sure that we maintain peace,” Kaparo said on Wednesday.
“What is worrying is the fact that insecurity in Moyale can affect also the entire country.”