Need to adress 'real' issues as KDF takes charge in Marsabit
09 December 2013, 13:20
Nairobi - As the parliament approved move to send the Kenya Defence Force KDF to the violence hit Marsabit, area residents claim the move will only bring temporary respite until the real issues are solved.
It is believed that over seven people have been killed and many more injured over the last couple of days in violence that sparked calls for the army to be deployed to the area.
By Monday, the KDF had arrested several persons who are understood to be directly involved in the violence which is said to stem from the fact that there is inequality in Marsabit County.
The County government led by governor Ukur Yatani has come in for blame, with the distribution of key government positions coming into question.
" There is only one issue in Marsabit and it is political. Political problems have political solutions, Idriss Wajara, a political analyst hailing from the region says.
" We know that there is huge inequality and unless that is addressed by the governor, even if the KDF are there, it will only be a temporary peace.
Area residents stress that there is need to address the land issue, which has caused disharmony especially in terms of pasture and grazing areas, the backbone of life the local communities.
On the backdrop of the violence, local leaders have been called in by the police to record statements and the government has urged dialogue, but it is not that easy.
" There are historic issues that won't be solved by simple resource sharing. There is a longstanding hatred that will need to be taken into account. These issues have been there for years and will not be stopped easily. Government will need to be patient.
The message though from Nairobi is simple; a temporary peace is better than nothing.