Chiefs arrested, Security beefed up as Garissa clashes intensify

Northeastern regional commissioner Mohamed Birik. /STEPHEN ASTARIKO

After Marsabit, it is now Garissa!! Is there any long lasing solution to these occasional inter clans clashes in North Eastern parts of the country?

Three people were killed in Giriftu town, Wajir West, on Thursday following clan feuds over a well in a settlement scheme.

Three other people were seriously injured after two clans clashed. Really? This is the same case that was recently witnessed in Marsabit!

North eastern Regional Commissioner Mohamed Birik told the one of the local dailies on Friday that security has been beefed up in the region.

It is believed that troubles started when armed men attacked Garse Koftu and killed two men. In retaliation, an expectant woman was also killed.

Birik said four chiefs linked to the clashes have been arrested.

“A special unit from the Rapid Deployment Unit has been sent to clam the situation. The government will not allow the needless loss of lives and destruction of property,” he said.

“Communities should find non-violent ways to resolve disputes.”

Birik said some politicians and businessmen are being investigated over the clashes.

By the time of going to press, a security team headed by County Commissioner Lyford Kibaara was going to Giriftu town.

Last month during the Marsabit clashes, Four people died in an ethnic attack in Shurr village, Marsabit County.

North Horr MP Chachu Ganya said the Saturday morning violence targeted a community that was attacked in September.

Mr Chachu said the weapons used in the attack were sophisticated and should not be in the hands of civilians.

The attack claimed the lives of three people belonging to the community in Shurr and one of the assailants.

“We hope action will be taken immediately to help the people get justice,” said Mr Chachu.

On a visit in Marsabit following the clashes, the Inspector-General of Police Joseph Boinnet promised locals of police action over the Oronderi attack.

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Previously, Mr Boinnet had ordered the arrest of legislators and politicians steering the clashes, but police are yet to complete investigations and arrest suspects. Are the clashes really being steered by political leaders as claimed?

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