Kenya’s Inspector of General Police (IG), Hillary Mutyambai, has dispatched a contingent of security officers to Marsabit County to restore peace and order among two warring communities in Kenya’s northeastern.
Mr Mutyambai said the continuous feud between two dominant communities in the region is fuelled by political intolerance in the area.
According to Mutyambai, the situation might worsen if not contained in time as the country heads to the electioneering period.
As a result of the conflicts, lives have been lost, including the seven people reportedly killed in recent attacks, property devastated and an untold number of cattle stolen, said the IG.
Those fuelling the clashes have been directed to hand themselves to police officers or face the full wrath of the law.
“The government expresses dismay and deep concern over protracted animosity between communities in Marsabit County. We have deployed a multi-agency team of highly specialized security officers led by the General Service Unit with firm and uncompromising instructions to restore peace and order,” said Mutyambai.
Marsabit residents have also been urged to work closely with the security officers by providing crucial information to ensure all criminals are arrested and prosecuted in law courts.
Efforts to reconcile the two warring communities have not borne much fruit as they usually accuse each other of triggering violence.
The area constantly witnesses relative peace after every election, but the killings reoccur when polls are nearing.©Standard Gazette, 2021. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this site’s publisher is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Standard Gazette with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.