, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sept 4- The Government has announced plans to enhance security in Mandera and Wajir County following the ongoing clan conflicts in the region.
Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku together with area leaders will visit the two Counties on Sunday on a peace tour.
Addressing journalists on Wednesday, Lenku said that eminent leaders will be appointed to spearhead a structured and long lasting peace process for resolving conflicts between communities residing in the two affected counties.
“All elected leaders in Mandera and Wajir Counties must take responsibility and provide leadership for promotion of peace and reconciliation in their areas,” he stated.
“The National Government will enhance and monitor the movements of armed militia along the border between Ethiopia and Kenya at Mandera County. On the same note, the Kenya Government should engage the Ethiopian Federal Government in an effort to fostering peace for co-existence of the communities living along the common border.”
He said the National Government has already stepped in to avert any humanitarian crisis in the region.
“The National Government undertakes to provide humanitarian assistance of food and non-food items to all the displaced persons in Mandera and Wajir counties,” he assured.
“The National Government will facilitate the opening of all schools and public utilities including roads in all affected areas.”
National Assembly Majority Leader Adan Duale who was among leaders who met the Interior Cabinet Secretary expressed optimism that the situation will improve.
“Other peaceful engagements are talking place in Nairobi and Mandera County… and all of us under the leadership of CS Interior we will be heading to Mandera starting Sunday; we will preach peace,” he stated.
“Peace must prevail, it’s not a choice. We have a responsibility now to take the lead in making sure that part of Kenya is peaceful and secure.”
During the meeting, the Cabinet Secretary assured the leaders that the Government was a neutral arbiter in the clan feuds and is committed to working with local leaders to find lasting peace in the troubled County.
Dozens of people have been killed in the two Counties and hundreds of others have been displaced.