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Female MPs urge Govt to end Mandera inter-clan clashes

27 August 2014, 11:45 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi – The Kenya Women Parliamentary Association (KEWOPA), an umbrella of all elected female MPs, have called on the government to urgently intervene in the Mandera and Wajir inter-clan clashes saying many women and children are suffering from the on-going fighting.

The Association, led by Wajir County MP Fatma Ibrahim, raised concern over the escalating violence between the Degodia and Garre warring clan militia and condemned the cruel murder of innocent people.

“KEWOPA is calling on the government through its security apparatus to resolve the issue urgently to prevent more fatalities in the area. All parties must refrain from violent actions, and make immediate efforts to de-escalate the situation and resolve their differences through peaceful dialogue and compromise,” said Ibrahim.

She added that the inhumane killings in Mandera and Wajir can be contained fully by the government’s move to carry out military operation to weed out the militia groups who are currently hindering access of emergency response aid to victims.

“Today (Tuesday) in the morning, three villages were attacked leading to deaths of eight people some of whom were in Madrasas and just yesterday, we saw the Red Cross pull out of the area due to the high insecurity cases and threats. We need urgent action to stop the violence for people to get access to available aid,” she said.

Mandera County MP, Fathiya Mahbub, urged elected leaders to work with community leaders and elders in the region to diffuse the looming tension.

“The fighting only serves to discredit and disrupt the process of gains achieved in stabilizing the area. The members committed to mediating peace in the affected areas should initiate a ceasefire as the government and the leaders work to resolve the underlying issues,” said Mahbub.

She further noted that if the government fails to intervene in the situation with urgency, there would be delayed re-opening of schools in the region hence affecting many children seeking education.

Kwale County MP, Zainab Chidzuga, said the government has all machinery to combat the conflict and added that thorough investigations should be conducted to bring perpetrators to book.

“A few weeks ago, we lost our men in Lamu to attacks. We don’t want to see further killings of innocent women and children in Mandera and Wajir because they are the most vulnerable, weak and unarmed victims,” said Chidzuga.

She also said the Mandera and Wajir inter-clan conflict is taking too long and the government should come in to resolve it once and for all.

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