Kenya: Uhuru Warns Warring Clans

Kenya: Uhuru Warns Warring Clans

Kenya: Uhuru Warns Warring Clans

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has ordered the warring communities in Mandera and Wajir counties to end their deadly battles, and immediately surrender illegal arms.

The government now says it will use force if the warring communities in Mandera and Wajir counties do not end fighting, President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned.

The President who met political leaders from Mandera and Wajir to discuss the conflict between the Garreh and Degodia clans ordered immediate surrender and mop up of illegal arms.

He warned that if peace is not restored, the government will have no choice but to mount an all-out security operation "that may have unintended consequences."

"If the hostilities do not end, we will have no other choice but to move in with full force," President Kenyatta cautioned, 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.

He 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.

While the government does its part, the president said he expects the leaders from both communities to impress on the two clans to co-exist peacefully as Kenyans.

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.

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.

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.

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