WAR-TORN NORTHERN KENYA

garrehWe all tired of the conflict in former Norther Eastern province precisely Wajir and Mandera Counties which seems to be the epicenter of two major rival communities, Garreh and Degodia .Since January this year, at least 70 people have been killed and many displaced due to this clashes, but wait a minute; It is not due to the usual fodder we are fed year in, year out, about pastures and water, its emerging tensions caused by political disagreements.

The Degodia feel disadvantaged by the outcome of last election where most of the political positions were carried away by Garreh community locking the former both in legislative and administrative posts.The situation is complicated by the porous border of Ethiopia and Somalia where access to fire arms is as easy as going to buy airtime in a shop. But an interesting aspect is shaping up, leaders are holding numerous ‘peace meetings’ with usual ‘PR stunts’ and then going behind the scenes to incite their communities.

According to one news agency Garre Online, even prior to March 2013 elections, politicians from Degodia community financed militias to intimidate and evict Garreh people from their settlement to render the area homogeneously Degodia. But that is one side of the coin, Degodias in return have accused the news agency of fueling negative propaganda to instigate their displacement from the land they only have.

Many may ask, where is national intelligence in all this, is it reactive as usual? Not once have politicians been summoned to CID headquarters, what happens next? Your guess is as good as mine. Politicians have been funding militias even from Ethiopia to cause displacement of perceived enemies. The attackers do not use usual local machetes, their weapons are more sophisticated from AK-47 guns to rocket propelled grenades (RPG).Revenge is order of the day, humans have been reduced to mere empty souls being shot without a blink of the eye. Government has chosen to be a mere spectator, choosing not to exercise one of its responsibilities of protecting its citizens which is anchored and more importantly a preamble of the new constitution.

The sad reality is that, retaliation attacks are escalating by the day. Who will save the innocent lives? For how long will a our leaders be myopic? Where are religious leaders?

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