PEACEBUILDING

We have solution to Marsabit conflicts, NCIC says

Decisions will be submitted to the National Security Advisory Board for review

In Summary
  • The two-day meeting took place at the Kenya School of Government. They addressed all the challenges of peace and conflict in Marsabit.
  • This year the conflict has left more than 100 people dead and thousands displaced.
NCIC chairman Samuel Kobia.
MARSABIT CONFLICT: NCIC chairman Samuel Kobia.
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The National Cohesion and Integration Commission says it has successfully completed the process of finding a permanent solution to the conflict in Marsabit county.

The commission on Wednesday said decisions of the meeting will be submitted to the National Security Advisory Board for review.

The details of what was agreed upon were not made public.

NCIC headed the peace talks that brought together local leaders including Marsabit governor, senators, woman representatives and members of parliament.

Also present were district spokesman, majority and minority leaders of the Marsabit assembly and the interfaith council.

This follows a directive from President Uhuru Kenyatta when he met the leaders of Marsabit on July 15 and called for lasting peace in the area.

They had a week to come up with a solution.

The two-day meeting took place at the Kenya School of Government. They addressed all the challenges of peace and conflict in Marsabit.

The officials developed a practical roadmap and implementation plan for the measures necessary to achieve lasting peace in the region.

NCIC chairman Samuel Kobia said leaders have chosen to take personal and shared responsibility in implementing the roadmap.

Earlier this month, NCIC began investigations into the ongoing violence in Marsabit with the aim of holding those responsible for the conflict accountable.

This year the conflict has left more than 100 people dead and thousands displaced.

The reported cases of violence in Marsabit are between the Boran, Gabra and Rendille comunities.

Kobia called on the country’s security authorities to hold the perpetrators, financiers, schemers and executors of the brutal acts of violence accountable.

The meeting at State House noted with great concern the cyclic flare-ups of inter-community conflicts in Marsabit despite sustained efforts by state and non-state partners to foster sustainable peace in region.

The president urged leaders to use their positions of influence to foster peace and reconciliation.

He said the hallmark of true leadership is to bequeath present and future generations a peaceful, prosperous, and united Marsabit county.

Kenyatta said the violent conflicts leading to loss of lives, destruction of property, and displacement of persons are largely as a result of incitement by selfish politicians and community leaders.

The President challenged the leadership and Marsabit people to honour heroic Kenyans who've lost their lives in pursuit of peace in the region.

He urged the people to ensure peace and harmony exists in the region in honour of especially, the seven leaders who painfully perished in the 2006 plane crash while on a peace mission to the county.

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)