Relative calm returns to Hagadera refugee camp

Relative calm is slowly returning at the Hagadera refugee camp in Dadaab sub-county, Garissa County following the stabbing to death of a refugee by a non-local on Monday.

It all started on Monday afternoon when the deceased engaged in an argument with the owner of a shop over the price of a knife he wanted to buy.

It is further alleged the deceased decided to leave with the knife something that infuriated the owner of the shop who gave chase.

The shop owner gave a chase and caught up with victim where a scuffle ensured. It was during the brief fight that the deceased was stabbed in the neck with the same knife killing him instantly.

The news of the incident spread quickly and refugees from different blocks converged at the scene where they started chasing and attacking all non-locals residing next to the camp.

Several people were injured and are nursing injuries with one admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital. Their businesses were not spared either as their wares were looted.

The non-locals fearing for their lives sought refuge at the Hagadera police station.

The County security committee on Tuesday led by the County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich toured the area to restore calm.

Addressing close to 500 non locals, members of the host community and the refugees after a daylong meeting which brought together top security officers and leaders from both sides, Cherutich urged for calm and the respect of the rule of law from both sides.

“We have managed to talk to both sides and agreed that going forward everyone goes back to their homes and that those who were responsible are apprehended and prosecuted,” Cherutich said.

“Even as we take action, we want to warn the few refugees who are breaking the law that action will be taken against them. We have have laws which they must respect,” he added.

He disclosed that the suspect behind the killing had already been arraigned in court and emphasizing on the need to let the rule of law take its course.

Cherutich further directed the security apparatus in the area to work closely with the local leaders including blocks in ensuring that normalcy fully returns in the area.

The county commissioner further disclosed that those who lost property during the skirmishes will receive non food items from the Kenya Red Cross adding that the government will also chip in and assist them.

Sarah Dancan, one of those affected urged the government to move with speed and apprehend those who were behind the looting saying that they had been left to count loses not knowing where to start.

“it is unfortunate that some individuals took advantage of the whole situation to loot our shops. We don’t know where to start because everything was stolen. The government should come to our aid,” she said.

On his part Mwangi Macharia urged the security apparatus to keep a round the clock security saying that even though they were returning to their homes fearing for their lives.

  

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