A team appointed to find a solution to insecurity in Marsabit County wants the Government to declare a state of emergency in the area. It also wants security to be enhanced and negotiations on allocation of resources in the area commenced. “The National Government should enhance security and declare insecurity in Marsabit a national disaster, negotiations and consultations on resource allocations have commenced and shall be embraced by all leaders with a view to finding means and ways of equitable distribution of resources,” read part of the declaration made at Boma Hotel in Nairobi on Saturday. Marsabit leaders have since agreed on the formation of an oversight team that will implement measures to realize peace in the area.
Former National Assembly Speaker Francis ole Kaparo and Garissa County Senator Yusuf Haji said they will present their report to President Uhuru Kenyatta next week, detailing the aspects of the agreement which will see equal resources distribution and reconstruction and resettlement of the displaced. “Reconstruction and resettlement shall take precedence in all the affected areas and the county government shall closely work with other organizations to facilitate this progress.”
Kenyatta had earlier this month given the Marsabit leaders a one-week ultimatum on peace, warning that if the negotiations fail, all measures will be taken to ensure peace returns to Marsabit, including presenting a proposal to Parliament on how that should be done.
Kaparo and Haji said in their efforts to mediate between the warring groups in Marsabit County, they travelled to the region and were shocked by the destruction and humanitarian crisis the fighting had left behind. “We are asking people from Moyale and Marsabit if they must have differences, then it must not go past a verbal exchange. Because we have seen war brings devastation such as the one we saw. We saw house and households which were torn apart and this will take a long time to undo and unite the societies,” said Kaparo.
He said the negotiations aimed at ending the conflict was successful because all the warring groups had respected a ceasefire, which had been imposed on February 6.
Source standard Newspaper 17th Feb2014