Mandera women have pledged to unite the warring Degodia and Garre clans. The women, under the stewardship of Mandera Governor Ali Roba’s wife, Hodhan Ibrahim, have resolved to set up a committee with five members from each community. A two-day peace meeting was concluded in Mandera yesterday where it was also agreed women will lead in peace caravans.
The meeting was chaired by Hodhan and attended by women executives committee members, MCAs, county chief officers, Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation members, former politicians, directors of various NGOs in Mandera, youth representatives and businesswomen. The meeting was meant to call for a long-lasting solution to “the unresolved” inter-clan conflict that they said is a setback to development. The participants resolved that a committee comprising of influential women and religious leaders will visit Rhamu constituency to mobilise their communities before a visit by the Peace caravan.
Rhamu is one of the areas that was worst affected by the inter-clan fighting in August that left more than 31 people dead and dozens of houses torched. It was also agreed that a team led by Hodhan will meet with Wajir and Mandera politicians to strengthen the peace initiative. During the meeting, Hodhan urged residents to help in the peace restoration as they risk lagging behind in development should the conflict persist. “Let us vow to forget the past and forge ahead for unity,” she said.
Mandera MYWO chairperson Ubah Gedi urged women to participate in the development of their county reminding them of their 30 per cent share of the budget allocation. The perennial conflicts between the Garre and Degodia clans in Mandera and Wajir counties have been attributed to political and historical border disputes. Some 75,000 people have been left homeless and scores killed, according to Kenya Red Cross Society, following the recent attacks.
The resolve by the county women to engage in this peace initiative project will supplement government and county leaders’ efforts to stope inter-clan disputes
Source: The Star