Over 29 lives lost in the Garissa-Isiolo boundary conflict

Written By: Hunja Macharia

Garissa Governor Ali Korane now wants Interior CS Dr. Fred Matiang’i to intervene on the boundary dispute between Isiolo and Garissa Counties.

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Korane says the conflict has claimed an estimated 29 innocent lives so far saying time has come to find lasting solutions to the dispute.

Addressing the press after touring the troubled border area, Korane regretted that the conflict has persisted for long and has now escalated because of the dry season as communities fight over water and pasture.

Korane who met elders from the sides involved in the conflict said the wanton destruction of lives and property must come to an end.

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The Governor explained the history surrounding the conflict and identified 10 contested settlements from both sides, where communities have lived for decades.

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Korane now wants the boundary issue revisited by the IEBC, saying the current boundary dates back to colonial times.

“This boundary need to be re-drawn to solve the conflict, but communities who occupy the settlements must be protected so that they are not displaced,” Korane said.

The Governor said the administrative units along the border especially in Lagdera constituency may fall in either side of Garissa or Isiolo but communities should not be displaced from their land.

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He said leaders in Garissa will soon meet with their Isiolo counterparts to agree on their proposals before meeting officials of the National Government.

The Governor expressed concern that some game rangers in the area may have taken sides in the conflict.

He demanded that severe disciplinary action be taken against any officers found to have used their guns against defenseless citizen.

Lagdera MP Mohammed Hire said it is unfortunate that innocent lives have been lost as communities fight for pasture and urged security agencies to move with speed and ensure those behind the killings are brought to book.

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“We have had many lives lost through these barbaric acts. We can longer accept it. Innocent people who are looking for pasture and water for their animals during these dry spell should not be killed,” Hire said.

“We want to call on security agencies on both sides to ensure that herders looking for water and pasture are protected because they nowhere else to look for the scarce resources,” he added.

Garissa woman rep Anab Subow condemned the killing saying that ‘it’s unacceptable and uncalled for.

The woman rep accused a section of leaders of inciting their communities into conflict for their own self-fish political gains.



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