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Nine people killed, hundred flee their villages as ethnic violence escalates in Marsabit County

Nine people died while several others flee their homes in Marsabit County following armed militia battle that has been going on for a week now.

The armed militia had attacked, killed and destroyed homes and properties in Chorora, Dhaba and Haro Bota villages.

The violence have led to the closure of several schools such as Saku High, Dibayu High and primary schools in Manyatta Jillo.

Saku sub county police commander, Johnson Wachira confirmed the latest fighting to Citizen TV which has halted transport along the busy Marsabit-Moyale road and led to the closure of various businesses within Saku town.

As late as Friday morning, tribal clashes were still ongoing in Marsabit town, and it took the intervention of officers from the national police service to restore peace in the area.

This comes after a herder was killed in the Manyatta scheme of Saku constituency in Marsabit County on Sunday, July 4, 2021 that led to retaliatory acts between the warring communities in the area which have now raged on for the better part of the week.

The Inspector General of Police Hilary Mutyambai in his statement, condemned the week-long conflict calling for a lasting solution.

“The government expresses dismay…over protracted animosity between communities in Marsabit County which has led to the loss of lives, destruction of property, cattle rustling and rising tension,” the letter reads.

He further warned the perpetrators that their days are numbered as they had dispatched a, multi-agency team of highly specialized security officers led by the GSU with firm and uncompromising instructions to restore peace and order.

Reports have revealed that the conflict that has raged on for the better part of the year left at least 93 people dead and cattle rustling incidents that had also led to the disappearance of 2000 heads of cattle.

The residents accused the political class for the havoc and an erosion of the unity that was previously witnessed between those communities.

Police have urged the perpetrators to hand themselves in to the authorities or face face the full wrath of the law.

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    Written by Kennedy Omondi

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