Calls for peace reverberated in Mandera County as area residents joined their political leaders to celebrate five years of peaceful co-existence between two rival communities.
The celebrations that were held at Rhamo town over the weekend came after a period of relative peace between members of Garre and Degodia clans.
Rhamo town, Mandera North Sub County was a war zone for five years following long drawn bloody clashes between members of two communities that left over 200 people dead.
The residents were fighting over political representation within the county government, grazing land and the common boundary between Wajir and Mandera.
The Degodia who are predominantly in Wajir accused the Garre who are the majority in Mandera of political greed as well as occupying their territory.
The conflict spilled over in all the other six sub-counties of Mandera south, Mandera West, Banisa, Lafey, Kuttulo and Mandera East.
But five years down the line, the story has changed with leaders and residents from diverse clans converging in the town to celebrate the peaceful atmosphere that has since been realized.
The culmination of the celebration was the awarding of trophies to individuals who played an integral role in realizing the peace currently enjoyed in the area.
Led by Mandera Governor Ali Roba, the leaders emphasized the need to maintain peace which they said was paramount for development.
Mandera county commissioner Kuswa Olaka called on the residents to continue co-existing peacefully.
Mandera senator Mohammed Mohamud warned area residents not to take the peaceful atmosphere in the area for granted saying that it has taken self-sacrifice by the residents and leaders.
The county has since the culmination of the clashes gone ahead to build over 700 houses that were razed down during the clashes.