MP ASKS MATIANG'I TO RESIGN

Isiolo leaders blame police laxity as two killed in fresh ethnic clashes in Modogashe

Woman Representative says CS has failed to properly manage security docket since taking over last year

In Summary

• The leaders said police supervised wanton destruction of property in Modogashe.

• Kuti said the main cause of the ethnic animosity was the protracted border row between the two counties.

A bonfire in Modogashe during demonstrations to protest the killing of three locals by suspected bandits last year
CLASHES: A bonfire in Modogashe during demonstrations to protest the killing of three locals by suspected bandits last year
Image: STEPHEN ASTARIKO

Isiolo leaders have accused police of unfairness, following the killing of two people in fresh ethnic clashes in Modogashe, along the border with Garissa county.

Led by Governor Mohamed Kuti, the leaders said police supervised wanton destruction of property in Modogashe. The officers watched as arsonists attacked, Kuti said.

The leaders said there was a serious rift between security teams in Isiolo South and those in Lagdera, Garissa county. Modogashe is a border town where ethnic clashes between residents of the two counties often over boundary disputes.

The leaders asked Interior CS Fred Matiang'i to act against police officers who watched as the attack happened. 

Kuti said the main cause of the ethnic animosity was the protracted border row between the two counties. He asked the government to fast track the demarcation of the boundary to provide a long term solution.

Isiolo Woman Representative Rehema Jaldesa accused CS Matiang’i of incompetence and asked him to resign.

He said the CS has failed to manage the security docket since taking charge last year.

Isiolo South MP Abdi Koropu and his Isiolo North counterpart Hassan Odha asked Matiang’i to investigate officers in the volatile area and deploy more security personnel to contain ethnic clashes.

Last week, Matiang’i visited Isiolo where he issued a warning to politicians who he accused of fuelling ethnic animosity.

 Tension remains high in the area as both Borana from Isiolo South and the Somali in of Lagdera live in constant fear of attacks.

During the weekend attack, a primary school, a dispensary, a generator used to pump water at the only borehole in the area and several shops were torched.