By Farah Aden:
Feuding clans in North Eastern Kenya have been asked to immediately resolve their differences through dialogue or face government intervention such as security operations.
Speaking to the media in his office yesterday, Regional Coordinator Mohamud Saleh said tribal animosity in parts of Garissa, Wajir and Mandera will give bad elements such as Al-shabaab the chance to capitalize on the clashes and re-emerge after the government recorded tremendous success in the fight against the militants.
Saleh reminded local residents that despite the small differences, they were brothers who speak the same language and that there was no need of going for each other’s throat over petty issues.
“I am now monitoring the situation as there are efforts to bring peace through dialogue. I know there are few people with vested interests such as elders who are an obstacle to peace but I would like to remind them that if they fail to immediately end hostilities, the government will have no option but to come in with full force to disarm concerned communities” said the tough talking administrator.
His sentiments come after border disputes between residents of Dadaab and Balambala constituencies in Garissa, Eldas and Wajir North constituencies in Wajir as well as battle for supremacy in Rhamu constituency led to bloodshed in the recent past.
While Mandera county has enjoyed relative peace, border disputes in Garissa and Wajir are proving to be a thorny issue.
Saleh who is credited with restoring normalcy in this region previously is known for his no non-sense approach to resolving matters insecurity.