Ladies and Gentlemen; this is another sad day when we want to bring to your attention to the never-ending intermittent insecurity skirmishes between Isiolo and Garissa Counties; we continue to feature in the news invariably for the insecurity reasons spearheaded by sadists elements in the society; Insecurity and killings. It is a matter of grave concern that the state of security in Isiolo South from our neighbouring pastoralists in Garissa County is going from bad to worse. We have persistently sought protection from the Government and the security agencies and we shall pursue it relentlessly with the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government and political leadership from our counterpart in Garissa County.
I am saddened by the unfortunate events meted against my people on 25th September 2020 in Kinna Division where unknown assailants believed to be from the neighbouring Garissa County killed an unarmed two herdsmen (Mzee Golicha Huka and Jumale Ibrahim Sama) in cold blood. Due to my tight schedule at the national level, I swiftly dispatched my County Secretary and a team from the County Government who were also engaged elsewhere on matters security to condole with the bereaved family. Under such odd circumstances, my team led by the County Secretary gathered the situational report for follow- up and availed what is humanly possible to help the bereaved families. Coincidentally, the County Secretary was attending peacebuilding initiatives with Samburu and Laikipia Counties Security Team at Narasha area, the border of two counties with Eastern and Rift valley Regional Commanders following rising insecurity cases which led to the loss of lives and livestock.
For several months now, planned killings of livestock herders, calculated raids on rural settlements, brutal murders of herdsmen and indiscriminate killings of pastoralists have continued unabated especially in Isiolo South constituency.
We want to pronounce ourselves from the onset that no one has the right to take another man’s life. In a civilized society, no killing can be considered normal or justified; not even for the pursuit of a revenge. Every life is sacred and the lives of Isiolo and Garissa Counties people too must be protected for that sanctity. We, therefore, want to condemn in no uncertain terms all killings in both Counties. It is such an indescribable shame on us all – the ethnic group in conflict, leaders and elders from all sides. Above all, the security team have failed to protect the precious lives of the innocent Kenyans in Isiolo. Whereas there are many causal factors sustaining the conflicts, we believe that the security team has failed to maintain law and order, protect lives and properties and contain criminal elements causing havoc. We fully understand that the law cannot make warring communities love each other. But timely actions by the law enforcement team can prevent people from killing each other.
It is worrying that the security team are becoming by-standers when armed militias are killing people in the broad daylight in grazing fields, water points and in close proximity to villages and the full glare of the security forces. It is crystal clear that, despite knowing all the hotspots and conflict-prone areas, the security team have failed to forestall and prevent violence from happening, and when it happens they have never focused on bringing the perpetrators to book. We want to appeal to the national security team in both Garissa and Isiolo to take their rightful place in the maintenance of law and order.
Unfortunately, our people are also losing lives and properties in Isiolo South because of the reluctance of the Security organs to enforce the already defined administrative boundaries. The land question is at the heart of this conflict and confusion. It is important to point out that Isiolo South Constituency is the smallest of the two Constituencies of Isiolo County. Yet Isiolo South is the epicentre of the recurring clashes time and again. County security teams and elders from both counties are expected to hold peace meetings soon in conflict-prone areas to avert further retaliatory attacks and restore peace along the Isiolo-Garissa border.
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Conventionally, people who don’t know what they are worth will always see their capture’s wings, but never their tail. Being different is a revolving door in our life where secure people enter and insecure exit. Insecure people only eclipse our sun because they’re jealous of our daylight and tired of their dark, starless nights. Where there is discord may we bring harmony. Where there is an error, may we bring truth. Where there is doubt, may we bring faith. Where there is despair, may we bring hope. Lack of transparency results in distrust and a deep sense of insecurity. Those who live in harmony with themselves live in harmony with their surroundings and neighbours. In this regard, I urge all herders to desist from encroaching on others’ grazing areas forcibly and instead seek permission through the respective grazing committees to avoid hostility from the hosts.
All the victims of the recent killings are innocents herders on the side of Isiolo South. In the recent Kinna killings, our security agencies by default or design know that these deaths are not borne of conflicts over resource sharing. It is a known fact that pastoralists have always accessed and shared natural resources through a negotiated approach. But the armed conflicts we are witnessing is an effort allegedly aimed at the displacement of communities from their ancestral land. The intent is to sustain boundary contestations, shrink the landmass of Isiolo South and drive the existing pastoralists from their land. The security agencies should not feign ignorance. They must act decisively to stop these conflicts. We do not doubt that the capacity to resolve the boundary issue exists. Therefore, I vouch for holistic peace dialogue from both Counties to resolve drivers of conflict along the borders.
Once again, on behalf myself and Isiolo County Government, I wish to convey my heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families as I pursue constructive and consultative engagement with the security team and political leaders from both Counties and spiral it up with the National Government for a permanent solution. Meanwhile, I urge all leaders to join hands and put their political differences aside to attend to these issues of security menace, on the same note, this is not a moment for blame games but time for showing true leadership to find a lasting solution.
May peace and tranquillity prevail in both Counties, May God bless you all.
H.E HON. MOHAMED ABDI KUTI, EGH,
GOVERNOR – ISIOLO COUNTY