More than one hundred people have been killed and scores displaced in the ongoing violence in Marsabit County, Kenya’s north-eastern.
The country’s National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) chair, Rev. Samuel Kobia, has also disclosed that thousands of livestock have been stolen and hundreds of houses torched down.
Rev. Kobia has condemned the violence calling on the Inspector of General Police Hillary Mutyambai to bring the perpetrators to book.
“We condole with the bereaved and those who have lost livelihoods in this senseless violence. Learning has been severely affected as schools have been shut down at a time when learners are sitting for their end of the term examinations. This is a sad moment for the people of Marsabit County and especially residents of Saku constituency, the epicentre of the violence,” reads part of the NCIC statement released on Monday.
Kobia further put those using inflammatory language on notice saying their days are numbered. Residents have been implored to embrace dialogue.
“The Commission will spearhead the inter-community peace dialogue in partnership with other stakeholders. We reiterate that the Commission together with other Government agencies has commenced investigations to bring to book the masterminds of these conflicts. We assure the people of Marsabit and the nation at large that we shall continue to discharge our mandate without fear or favour and will bring all wrongdoers and mongers of hate crimes to book, ” the statement further noted.
Last week, a special unit of security officers was deployed in the county to restore peace and order.©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.