Monday, June 24, 2013
President Kenyatta vows to order use of force
unless peace is restored in Mandera and Wajir;
asks residents to immediately surrender arms.
Meeting leaders from the two counties at State
House, Nairobi on Monday, the President said
the Government will take stern action against
those who continue to fuel hostilities.
More than 22 people were killed and several
others injured over the weekend in clashes
between the Garreh and Degodia clans in
Mandera and Wajir counties.
President Kenyatta directed the immediate
surrender and mop up of illegal arms, warning
that if peace is not restored, the Government
will have no choice but to mount an all-out
security operation that may have unintended
“If the hostilities do not end, we will have no
otherwise but to move in with full force,”
President Kenyatta said, adding that the killings
of innocent children, women and the elderly
cannot be tolerated.
The Head of State said his Government will
engage the Ethiopian Government to ensure
the peaceful co-existence of all communities
along the common border.
The President also warned chiefs in Mandera
and Wajir counties that they will be held
responsible if they fail to take action and
provide adequate and timely information that
will help in containing acts of breach of peace.
If peace is not restored, the Government will
have no choice but to mount an all-out security
operation that may have unintended
consequences – President Kenyatta
While the Government does its part, President
Kenyatta said he expects the leaders from both
communities to impress on the two clans to co-
exist peacefully as Kenyans.
Saying that the people who perpetrate the
hostilities live among the communities, the Head
of State said it was within the ability of the local
leaders to end the violence.
The President added that the Government will
accord the leaders all the necessary help
required in ending the hostilities and directed
the Cabinet Secretary for Interior and
Coordination of National Government, Mr
Joseph ole Lenku who was present, to
immediately take the necessary steps in this
On their part, the leaders who included
Members of the National Assembly, Members of
Senate and governors among others, briefed
the President on the outcome of peace
meetings which have been ongoing.
In this regard, the leaders said that in their
earlier meetings, they resolved that the
hostilities between the two clans should cease
immediately and each community must restrain
its members from perpetrating any more acts of
violence, failure to which will lead to a communal
fine of Kshs 10 million.
The leaders said they had also agreed that
payment of blood compensation (diyya) should
commence with immediate effect and there
should be peace without preconditions.
They also resolved that they must all take
responsibility of their areas in the promotion of
peace, equity, fairness and justice.
The leaders assured the President that they will
convene more meetings and promote dialogue
among the two communities with a view to
ending the conflict.
The meeting was attended by Secretary to the
Cabinet, Mr Francis Kimemia, Kenya Red Cross
Secretary-General, Dr Abbas Gullet and top
security officers led by Inspector General of
Police, Mr David Kimaiyo.
Monday, June 24, 2013