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Sunday, August 20, 2017

No clan started fi re at market – Korane

Traders sift through the rubble at the Garissa market on Friday /STEPHEN ASTARIKO
Traders sift through the rubble at the Garissa market on Friday /STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Garissa leaders on Friday urged residents to remain calm as police investigate the Thursday fire that razed the town's open air market.

Governor-elect Ali Korane of Jubilee said the fire was politically motivated and urged police to get to the bottom of it.

The fire broke out moments after Korane was declared winner.

As at 12.40pm yesterday, the IEBC portal put Korane ahead of Governor Nathif Jama with 55,968 votes. Korane ran on the Jubilee ticket.

Jama was in second place with 50,471 votes.

Korane toured the market on Friday. He criticised Jama for warning the county election manager to stop announcing the results lest violence erupts.

“An hour after the election was announced, the market was set on fire. The police should ensure that all those who incited the public are brought to book,” Korane told the press.

He dismissed claims the fire was clan-instigated.

“A clan doesn’t plan crimes. A crime is committed by an individual, his masters and their accomplices,” Korane said.

“I want to reassure everybody that we are going to set an administration that will cater for the needs of the people of this great county.”

Senator Yussuf Haji, in a statement to the press, pleaded with the residents to keep the peace.

He thanked all those who voted for him, saying the resources allocated to the county will be used prudently.

“Garissa is bigger any individual or community. It belongs to all of us. As elected leaders we want to ensure all that no want will be left out in the all inclusive administration,” Haji said.

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