Three schools shut down in Isiolo County amid spiralling insecurity  

Three schools shut down in Isiolo County amid spiralling insecurity  

Residents of Rapsu location, Kinna Ward in Garbatula Sub County have decried what they say is rising insecurity that has seen three schools in the area closed.

Grade Four and Standard Eight pupils at Eskot, Korbesa and Rapsu Primary Schools have not attended classes for the last one month following an escalation of tensions between members of two communities living in the area.

According to Korbesa Primary School Headteacher Abdi Molu, insecurity in the area is responsible for the indefinite closure of the three schools.

Waso University Students Organisation chairman Abdi Galgalo Bonaya lamented that education standards in the area had been adversely affected by perennial conflicts, with only 61 students from Garbatula sub-county transitioning to University education last year.

He noted that the performance this year is expected to get worse considering the difficulties that candidates from the area are enduring.

The tribal altercation, that has left three people dead over the last one month, has seen dozens flee affected areas of Eskot, Korbesa and Rapsu, seeking refuge at the nearby Kinna township.

Irate residents pelted area Member of Parliament Abdi Koropu with stones when he visited the area to console with bereaved families last month accusing him of failure to aid in efforts to foster security through establishment of a police station in the area.

During a meeting with the Garbatula Sub County Security team at the Kinna Social Hall, affected residents who fled from affected areas pleaded with the government to boost security in the area to enable them return back to their homes.

Garbatula Deputy County Commissioner Stephen Nyakundi on his part says that the affected area has experienced relative calm recently, adding that the government has managed to put the situation under control.

Nyakundi says the government has already established a police post in the area complete with six police officers, adding that an additional five officers will soon be posted to the area.


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