In Summary
  • North Eastern Regional Commissioner Mohamed Birik said on Tuesday that the government will not tolerate such groups as they derail peace efforts.

  • His warning came days after two members of parliament (MPs) from Marsabit County were arrested over clashes that have left several people dead.

  • While noting that at least four schools have been closed due to clashes, Mr Birik directed County Commissioner Loyford Kibaara to ensure their reopening in January.

  • Governor Abdi promised to work with the regional commissioner on lasting solutions to boundary conflicts and terrorism in the region.

The government has vowed to crack the whip on bandits and militias who have been blamed in part for never-ending conflicts among communities in the North Eastern region.

North Eastern Regional Commissioner Mohamed Birik said on Tuesday that the government will not tolerate such groups as they derail peace efforts.

WARNING

Speaking in Wajir on Tuesday, Mr Birik warned that individuals, including politicians, and groups found pitting communities against each other will face the full force of the law.

“Wherever you find militias, there are always the hands of politicians, who sometimes fund the groups from within and even abroad. We will arrest such leaders should we find them responsible,” he said.

His warning came days after two members of parliament (MPs) from Marsabit County were arrested over clashes that have left several people dead.

The regional boss further said that chiefs and their assistants will be held responsible for attacks in their areas of jurisdiction. They will be terminated from service or punished in other ways, he said.

SETTLEMENTS

Terrorism, border conflicts and sprouting settlements are among the county's major issues.

On the settlements, Mr Birik, who spoke for the first time since taking office, said no new ones will come up as the government's resources are strained.

He also pointed out that the settlements are a factor to consider when it comes to inter-community conflicts.

Mr Birik also addressed the issue of possession of small arms and noted the need for urgent intervention as they are used to harm people.

The commissioner reported that boundary disputes have resulted in the deaths of at least 127 people, with Eldas, Wajir North and Wajir West bearing the brunt.

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