Mandera leaders in drive to restore county’s image after Al-Shabaab attacks

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Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow address residents at Geneva grounds in Mandera county on December 8, 2014. Leaders from the county have started an initiative dubbed Okoa Mandera which aims at restoring confidence in the troubled county. PHOTO | MANASE OTSIALO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Leaders from the troubled Mandera County have embarked on a series of meetings to restore the image of the county that has suffered several terrorist attacks in the past few months.

The leaders from political, religious and business circles have resolved to have operation Okoa Mandera to save the county from the mass exodus of civil servants that is being witnessed after the killing of non-locals and non-Muslims by the Al-Shabaab militants.

Speaking at a public baraza on Monday, Mandera County Governor Ali Roba said time had come for the people of Mandera to defend their county and the nation at large.

“Our county’s economy is under threat and we are saying time to save it is now.

“We are from today going to stop giving general information to the security agencies and give specific information so that Al-Shabaab can be dealt with.

“The terrorists have put sanctions on the people of this county because we have welcomed them and we are now asking the National Government to clean up the town,” said Mr Roba.

20 HEALTH FACILITIES CLOSED

The governor said 20 health facilities have already been closed in the county after health workers left the facilities fearing for their lives.

Mr Roba called on the public to volunteer information to the authorities as one of the measures for improving security.

“More than 150 teachers have applied for transfers from this county because of insecurity but before schools re-open early next year we have to make corrections so that our children can learn and the sick get treated. If we don’t cooperate and fight Al-Shabaab, it is our children who will suffer the most,” said Mr Roba.

The governor condemned the attacks adding that no religion supported the killing of anyone.

“These are drug addicts who are using religion to carry out terrorist activities and we have to be vigilant enough to know who is who and when renting our houses in town it’s good to keep records of our tenants.

“We have reached our elastic limit of tolerance and we want to see youths form vigilante groups to help the police in dealing with the terrorist groups,” he said.

Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow said: “Let’s all join hands in fighting Al-Shabaab by giving the right information to the security agencies.

Al-Shabaab has always claimed whenever they kill people that they are helping Kenyan Muslims when the Muslims inside Somalia are more troubled than the Kenyan ones.”

Other leaders who spoke were North Eastern Regional Coordinator Ernest Munyi who said the only way to restore security was to cooperate with security agencies and embrace the Nyumba Kumi security initiative.

Mandera County Commissioner Alex Ole Nkoyo said the government is ready to act against Al-Shabaab.

Other leaders present were Industrialisation Cabinet Secretary Mohamed Adan, MPs Abdulazia Farah (Mandera East), Mohamud Mohamed (Mandera West) , Banisa Mohamed Abdow and Huka (Mandera South).

Uhuru Kenyatta: Islam was a religion of peace, the President said that terrorists who claim to kill in the name of Allah are juts “deranged animals”.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday afternoon annouced that Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo had resigned.

Addressing the nation from State House following the latest attack in Mandera early Tuesday, the President also announced the nomination of Kajiado Central MP Major-General (Rtd) Joseph Nkaissery as the Interior Cabinet secretary.

The fate of Joseph ole Lenku, who had been heading the docket since the Jubilee administration took over power, remains unknown.

The President said he acknowledged that there were some weaknesses in the security domain.

Addressing journalists earlier, Mr Kimaiyo said his resignation was a personal decision.

President Kenyatta also announced that he had written to the National Assembly to request that they extend their sitting to address the security issue.

“I too hurt and grief with you. In due course, our security situation will turn around,” the President said.

He reminded county governments of their responsibility to work with the national government.

DERANGED ANIMALS

SayingIslam was a religion of peace, the President said that terrorists who claim to kill in the name of Allah are juts “deranged animals”.

He said that media must become an honest broker of national discourse.

“We come to the aid of terrorists when we shout at each other,” said the President.

He extended his condolences to relatives of Kenyans who have lost lives in the recent attacks.

(READ: ANOTHER MASSACRE IN MANDERA: 36 KILLED)

Earlier Tuesday, MPs had piled pressure on President Kenyatta to sack Mr Lenku and Mr Kimaiyo after the fresh terrorist attacks in Mandera and Wajir counties that led to the deaths of at least 39 people.

The legislators condemned the attacks, calling them heinous and an attempt to divide Kenyans along religious lines, adding that those tasked with protecting Kenyans had failed to do so.

Majority Leader Aden Duale led MPs in condemning the attacks at a press conference at Parliament where several legislators called for the resignation of the two government officials.

Mr Duale said the incessant attacks by Al-Shabaab militants were not different from other terrorist attacks across the world.

“There is no difference with what is happening in Syria, Nigeria and Iraq. These are acts of terrorists who are doing it in the name of Islam.

“It is not about Jubilee or Cord, it is a war against our nation. This is a war on all Kenyans regardless of their religion,” said Mr Duale who said he spoke on behalf of the Muslim MPs.

REMAIN UNITED

He asked Kenyans to remain united in the face of the attacks that have intensified over the last one week.

“Al-Shabaab wants to divide us along religious lines by attacking Christians. We are calling a crisis meeting as leaders from north-eastern (Kenya) to find a way to help the government deal with the situation,” added Mr Duale.

Kigumo MP Jamleck Kamau said the whole institution of the police force had failed the country and should be reviewed.

“It is the institution of police that is failing us. We have security officers in Mandera. From police commanders, NIS officers, a county commissioner and yet we have such attacks? All the officers need to be checked,” added Mr Kamau.

He went on: “It is becoming untenable that terrorists are attacking this country at will. It is possible that someone within the police could be sabotaging Kenya’s security. I fail to understand how a country with well-equipped police officers fails to prevent such heinous attacks.”

Kieni MP Kanini Kega said Mr Lenku and Mr Kimaiyo were not performing their jobs as required and should be relieved of their jobs.

“These are our children who had gone to look for employment. It is not as if we do not have police, intelligence service or a functioning Kenya Defence Forces. We are saying someone is failing somewhere. This is enough,” said Nyeri Town MP Esther Murugi.

SACKING CALLS

After last week’s attack on a bus in Mandera, the legislators urged the President to sack the duo, but he did not heed the demand.

“It is sad that each week people are killed by terrorists. We are in a state of war. We are all uncertain about our insecurity.

“It is sad people charged with (ensuring) our security are sitting pretty, earning allowances and yet people are being killed endlessly,” said Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter.

Nairobi Woman Representative Rachel Shebesh said it was painful to see Kenyans being butchered day in day out yet those in charge of national security were still in office.

“It is becoming too painful to always see Kenyans being butchered every now and then. The President must come out this time (a)round and take stern action against those not doing their roles as required,” said Ms Shebesh.

The MPs said it was vital for Kenyans to stand united in fighting the terrorist group.

“We condemn this heinous attack. We will not allow ourselves to be divided by people who are committing crimes in the name of Islam,” said Kisumu Town East MP Shakeel Shabir

ANOTHER MASSACRE IN MANDERA: 36 KILLED

At least 36 people were killed at a quarry at Koromey in Mandera County on Tuesday morning by Al-Shabaab militants.

All the victims were non-Muslims and most of them are said to have hailed from Chaka in Kiganjo, Nyeri County.

Some survivors have told the police that Muslims who were at the site were spared.

The victims were made to line up and most of them were shot in the head while others were beheaded.

Al-Shabaab has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Police say the victims were attacked as they were sleeping in tents at the site at around 1am.

Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo said that they were attacked at a quarry in Koromey, about 10 km from Mandera town.

The attack happened just four hours after three men, all armed with AK-47 rifles, attacked a club in Wajir where they shot dead one person and injured 13 others.

The masked attackers raided Ngamia Club, about 800 metres from the Wajir Police Station and shot indiscriminately at the revellers. Mr Boniface Daae was shot in the back and was later pronounced dead.

Kenya police spokesperson Zipporah Mboroki said three other victims — Kevin Ojwang, Tom Gikundi and John Muchiri — were admitted to a hospital in serious condition.

After the club attack, the gunmen raided a Kenya Power sub-station but were repulsed by the officers who were guarding the area.

The attack occurred barely a day after Wajir Governor Ahmed Abdullahi asked the public to shun tribal clashes and work with police in battling Al-Shabaab.

He said a lot of resources had already been spent on resolving clan disputes, diverting time and resources from the main insecurity problem.

He also requested the police to stop harassing local businessmen and the public regarding where they get their sugar from, instead of focusing on the fight against terrorism.

Mr Abdullahi was speaking during World AIDS Day celebrations on Monday.

State House released a statement on the Mandera and Wajir attacks Tuesday and said investigations into the two incidences had been launched

The statement by State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu indicated that a full statement would be issued later Tuesday.

“The Government sends messages of condolences to the families of those who have lost their dear ones and stands by them during this difficult time,” the statement read.

On November 22, a Nairobi-bound bus was attacked and 28 passengers were shot dead at Omar Jillo in Mandera County.

(READ: Gunmen kill 28 in morning of terror)

The victims were also shot in the head.

Al-Shabab Terrorists claims Kenya bus passenger killings

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“Somali terrorist group says 28 non-Muslim passengers shot on board bus in Mandera in revenge for police raids on Mombasa mosques”.

Al-Shabab fighters from Somalia hijacked a bus in Kenya’s north and killed 28 non-Muslims on board after they had been singled out from the rest of the passengers, police officials said.

Two police officers said that the bus travelling to the capital Nairobi with 60 passengers was hijacked 50km from the town of Mandera near Kenya’s border with Somalia.

The officers insisted on anonymity out of fear of reprisals because of an order from Kenya’s police chief that officers should not speak to the media.

Al-Shabab claimed responsibility for the dawn bus attack in a statement on Saturday, saying the attack was revenge for raids carried out by Kenyan security forces on mosques in the coastal city of Mombasa. Kenyan police said they found explosives and arrested more than 150 people in the mosque raids

“By the grace of Allah, the Mujahideen successfully carried out an operation near Mandera early this morning, which resulted in the perishing of 28 crusaders, as a revenge for the crimes committed by the Kenyan crusaders against our Muslim brethren in Mombasa,” Sheikh Ali Mohamud Rage, a spokesman for the group, said in the statement.

The interior ministry confirmed Saturday’s attack, saying via its official Twitter handle: “Security agencies are in pursuit of the criminal gang. We’ll give a comprehensive update once preliminary reports are out.”

Police said that the attackers, who were heavily-armed, fled towards the border between Kenya and Somalia, adding that a security team has been deployed to the area to capture the attackers.

A reporter for Kenya’s Standard newspaper told Al Jazeera the attack happened at 5:45am local time.

Quoting Mandera County Commissioner, journalist Boniface Mungeri said the attack was carried out by “about 100 gunmen who commandeered” the bus and forced the passengers out.

Passengers separated

Mungeri said the passengers were separated into groups according to their religion. Non-Muslims, the reporter said, were executed and Muslims were freed. The assailants attempted to take the bus but it got stuck in mud on the unpaved road.

Among those killed were two security officers and teachers who were travelling to their home towns on holiday, said the reporter.

Mandera County Governor Ali Ibrahim Roba said on Twitter: “The inhumane butchering of innocent Kenyans by terrorist must get [a] very firm response from our national security team.”

Kenyan authorities have blamed the Somali armed group al-Shabab for a wave of deadly attacks across the East African nation. Kenya sent troops to Somalia in 2011 after raids on its coastal towns blamed on al-Shabab and has since seen a surge in lethal attacks.

Al-Shabab has also been blamed for the September 2013 attack on the Westgate shopping mall in Nairobi, which killed 77 people.

Somali government troops backed by AU forces are making progress in capturing the remaining al-Shabab strongholds, but the group has continued to carry out attacks in Somalia and the East Africa region.

Recently, they captured the port town of Barawe.

Al-Shabab was also dealt a heavy blow following the death of their leader, Ahmed Abdi Godane, who was killed in early September in a US airstrike.

Godane has been replaced by Ahmed Omar, also known as Abu Ubeid.

The Day Terrorist Shook our Mandera County

Suspected Al Shabaab terrorists on Saturday morning killed at least 28 people on a bus in Arabiya area, Mandera County.

The heavily armed militias are reported to have waylaid Nairobi bound bus, which left the incursion prone Mandera town early in the morning between Mandera and Arabia.

Confirming the incident, Mandera East sub-county commissioner Elvis Korir said “I can confirm to you that there was unfortunate incident this morning where about 27 innocent travelers were killed by unknown militia,”

He added “We are now in the preparation of sending security reinforcement, medical staffs and ambulance to retrieve and transport the bodies of the deceased to Mandera town. Military are already there to pursue the heartless killers.”

According to Korir, the assailants stopped the bus, veered off from the main road before separating passengers and targeting those they perceived to be non-Muslim.

“There are unconfirmed reports indicating all those killed were commuters perceived to be non- Muslim by the attackers who were separated from the rest. But we treat this as speculations until our officers who are on the ground verify the assertions,” he added while speaking on phone.

The attacks come barely two days after government security officials in the coastal city of Mombasa closed two mosques after allegedly found hosting radicalised Muslim youth and cache of firearms among them hand grenades.

Towns in North-East region (Mandera, Wajir and Garissa) has bore the brunt of the revenge attacks by the Somali based Al-Qaeda inspired Islamist, who repeatedly declared deadly attacks in Kenya that will turn rivers into running human bloods and tall buildings into debris of destruction.

Arabia ward member of the County assembly (MCA) Abdullahi Abdirahman who spoke to Standard Digital on phone said the attacks happened 15 kilometers from Arabia town at about 5 am local time, and blamed the national government for the beastly killing of innocent commuters.

He accused the government of not taking their repeated calls to establish a strong military presence in Arabia to thwart recurrent attacks from suspected Islamist militia, who frequently ambushed vehicles using Mandera-Arabia road and killing, maiming and looting people at will.

“We have had more than 15 militia attacks that has led to death and maiming of travelers in this road for the last one year alone. We have pleaded with the government to provide security, but they have turned deaf ears and here today we are experiencing avoidable massacre,” he lamented.

On Wednesday night, two civilians were injured after unknown armed criminals lobbed hand grenades and gun fire at group of people who were walking on the street in Wajir town.

Taipan Announces Increase in Prospective presence of hydrocarbons in Elwak (Mandera South)

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Taipan Resources Inc. (“Taipan” or the “Company”) (TSX VENTURE:TPN)(OTCQX:TAIPF) is pleased to announce that an independent assessment of the Company’s prospective resources on Block 1, northern Kenya has been completed by RPS Energy in the United Kingdom (“RPS”). The independent assessment was carried out in accordance with the standards established by the Canadian Securities Administrators in National Instrument 51-101 Standards of Disclosure for Oil and Gas Activities. The effective date of the report is October 15, 2014.
The total gross aggregate mean prospective resources on Block 1 in the report are estimated at 1,303 MMbbls 1 oil (260 MMbbls Taipan working interest).
The largest identified feature is the El Wak lead with gross mean prospective resources of 728 MMbbls 1 (146 MMbbls Taipan working interest). The high estimate of prospective resources for El Wak is 1,911 MMbbls 1 (382 MMbbls net to Taipan).
The El Wak lead is a four-way dip closed structure at surface overlying 1200 sq km of gravity high. A 290 km 2D seismic shoot, estimated to cost around $2m net to Taipan, is planned over the prospect before the end of the year.
Taipan holds a 20% working interest in Block 1 (5.497 million acres / 22,246 sq km) which is operated by East Africa Exploration (Kenya) Ltd, a subsidiary of Afren Plc.
Afren has a two well commitment in the current exploration period in Block 1.
Commented Paul Logan, Exploration Manager for Taipan “Due to the size of the structure and the presence of hydrocarbons in the area, indicated by an oil seep to the west at Tarbaj Hill, El Wak should prove to be an intriguing and attractive target to drill”.
Geological Probability of Success (“GPoS”) of Aggregated Volume for any Hydrocarbon type = 27%
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THE SECOND MASHUJAA DAY SPEECH BY THE GOVERNOR OF MANDERA COUNTY H.E CAPT. ALI IBRAHIM ROBA ON THE 20TH OF OCTOBER 2014

ASALAAMU ALEIKUM WARAHMATULLAAHI WABARAKATUHU.

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Hon MP for Banisa, Hon MP for Mandera West, Ambassador Mahat, Hon Speaker of Mandera County Assembly, The County Commissioner, Members of the county executive, Members of Mandera County Assembly, COE present both National and local, all other distinguished guests, my beloved people of Mandera County good morning.

Ladies and gentlemen,

Today we are here to remember and celebrate our fallen heroes who fought for the independence of our nation. Our heroes are the freedom fighters, the heroes who fought for the multiparty democracy, the writers of the new constitution, I salute all those who voted for this new constitution and in so doing liberated the people of Northeastern Kenya from 50 years of marginalization. I salute you all for your great efforts for our nation. Our Shujaa of the moment is the new constitution and our true heroes are the Kenyan public that voted for this constitution.

Our heroes are:- our Elders, Religious leaders who are tirelessly involved in guarding our culture, religion and way of life; students studying under difficult circumstances and yet striving to gain knowledge, our teachers managing large class sizes in remote areas;
Our health workers who despite limited resources have continued to save lives. Our heroes are you who care for the less fortunate and orphans, our pastoralists who endure the difficulties to keep our way of life going great, our farmers who make sure our path to self-reliance is kept on course, our traders who keep the wheels of economic recovery rolling. Our mashujaa are you our mothers and fathers who have kept the factories of turning out future generations going, with resilience that is second to none under our very difficult circumstances. Finally to our security forces for their selfless provision of security to the public, most particularly our own KPR, you have made us proud and you are truly our heroes.

I would like to also salute our politicians both at the County and National levels as well as our civil service work force who keep both levels of government working and delivering services to our people.

Brothers and sisters

Once again we have gone back to the mad circles of tribal clashes in our county and lost many lives over the last three months. I am extremely saddened by the re-occurrence of this madness and promise you once more that we will deal with this problem for the greater good of our people. I am happy to report that the national government has given us tremendous support to deal with this problem and all our security forces have gone into action to manage the situation.

I would like to share our message of condolences with the families of the victims of tribal violence and appeal to all clans to exercise restraint and give this structured peace process led by Hon Kaparo the chairman of National Cohesion and integration Commission and Hon Senator Yusuf Haji. I am happy to report that more than ever before there are real signs of commitment from both communities to the peace process ongoing in the county. We will not leave any stone unturned to manage our challenges and reconcile our communities.

Brothers and sisters

Today we are faced with very serious crises. It is crises that strike at the very heart and soul and threatens the spirit of our existence as a county. Indeed we are marking this year’s Mashujaa day celebrations against the backdrop of increased terror incidents that are threatening our vision for the devolvement of our county. The threats to our lives and the targeted attacks of our offices and revenue toll stations are all unfortunate acts of cowards who are threatened by our success. There is no amount of threat and unfortunate attacks that will be enough to steer us off our course, in fact, I see great reason for intense vigilance by our population and exertion and none whatsoever for panic or despair.

We must refuse to believe that these recent attacks could only have been done by our traditional perceived and usual suspects. We have to thoroughly investigate these incidents with all possibilities investigated. As one of our outstanding historical figures once said “when a great democracy is destroyed, it will not because of enemies from without but rather because of enemies from within”. There is no enemy from without that will succeed without the help of locals from Mandera.
Over the last one year the police station was attacked twice, the administration police was attacked three times, all the five attacks with resultant fatalities. Our security officers have been attacked with twelve fatalities; the power station was also attacked with two similar attacks on the county government offices. The revenue toll stations were not spared either, the stations were attacked three times with IEDs and now an attack happened targeting my life and the lives of our security officers. Not a single case has been investigated to conclusion. It is our own system that is failing us and exposing us to such levels of risk. What are the roles of our investigation officers? Is it that they can’t or they are not willing to do their job? We cannot blame the national government anymore because all the help we have asked for we have been given .If individuals given the responsibility to manage our security are not doing their job in this county thoroughly by investigating all the cases with the zeal and commitment to protect our nation, then they will have no place in this county. We have asked for additional officers to help us investigate cases and we have been given and we cannot ask for more, they must now do their jobs. It is not about Mandera alone, it is about our nation’s protection that is at stake as a result of our failures to do our jobs diligently as required.

Brothers and sisters,

Amid all the above security challenges, within the first year of devolution, we have managed to turn around virtually all sectors as follows;
We have operationalized all our health facilities fully and tripled the work force. This is in addition to providing ambulances with an ICU medevac capability.
We have responded to two drought seasons without ten cents of external help and at no cost to the general public. As drought intervention measure, we constructed five new dams, desilted ten and drilled over 20 boreholes across the county. In the Agricultural sector, we have revived three irrigation schemes and provided farm subsidies to all our farmers and further managed to convince them to return back to their farms. In addition, we have Purchased 4 new tractors, distributed over 100 water pumps, Constructed water canals for irrigation, operationalized three demonstration farms and commissioned several studies aimed at reviving agriculture in the county. In order to improve our road network, we have constructed 550KMs of dirt road to all whether murram road built over 40 drifts in areas previously considered impassable. We have further commissioned 24.5KMs of our fist ever tarmac road in Mandera town whose construction is ongoing. This made possible only by devolution.
The county assembly, county headquarters, governor’s residence, Moi stadium and the first county five star hotel are all at advanced stage of construction. In the first one year, we have institutionalized and operationalized our County government fully and successfully managed to construct offices for the new institution of County Government. In order to boost business sector in the county, we have constructed new markets and rehabilitated the existing ones. In the livestock sector which is the backbone of our economy, construction is currently ongoing for a world class regional livestock market. Among many other projects that have been undertaken in the first year of devolution in this sector is also the vaccination of thousands of livestock in the county. In addition, we carried out training of women in yoghurt production, a skill that is greatly helping them support themselves and their families as well.
In the same sector, we have Institutionalized bee farming and distributed bee hives to bee keepers around the county.
In the education sector, we have recruited 400 ECD teachers, employed quality assurance officers and most importantly issued mock examinations in order to be able to familiarize our students with the national examination. The mock examination is also one way of bench marking within the county and nationally. In the current financial year we will be releasing over 300 developmental projects across the county. This is only possible with devolution. Basically we have absorbed 100% of our development expenditure.

Brother and sisters,

Clearly, there is no amount of attack or scare that will be enough to stop us from realizing our development targets. We have done it during the first year of devolution amid all the challenges; rest assured we will do it even better during this second year of devolution.

Brothers and sisters,

I would like to thank you immensely for respecting the ceasefire agreement between our communities for the last three weeks. It will be important if we can make an effort to comprehend and replace that violence, that bloodshed across our county with compassion and love. Finally, let’s tolerate each other, love each other and control our emotions. Death and destruction of your brothers and sisters lives and properties will never be a solution to our communities’ challenges.

Finally to all our students sitting for KCSE and KCPE Exams this year, we wish you success and the best of luck in your exams. I know you will make us proud. Please stay away from the shameful act of exam cheating.

Asanteni na Mungu awabariki.

Women reclaim ownership of peace in Mandera county (hodhan Ibrahim and Ubah Abdi Gedi)

Mandera women have pledged to unite the warring Degodia and Garre clans. The women, under the stewardship of Mandera Governor Ali Roba’s wife, Hodhan Ibrahim, have resolved to set up a committee with five members from each community. A two-day peace meeting was concluded in Mandera yesterday where it was also agreed women will lead in peace caravans.

The meeting was chaired by Hodhan and attended by women executives committee members, MCAs, county chief officers, Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation members, former politicians, directors of various NGOs in Mandera, youth representatives and businesswomen. The meeting was meant to call for a long-lasting solution to “the unresolved” inter-clan conflict that they said is a setback to development. The participants resolved that a committee comprising of influential women and religious leaders will visit Rhamu constituency to mobilise their communities before a visit by the Peace caravan.

Rhamu is one of the areas that was worst affected by the inter-clan fighting in August that left more than 31 people dead and dozens of houses torched. It was also agreed that a team led by Hodhan will meet with Wajir and Mandera politicians to strengthen the peace initiative. During the meeting, Hodhan urged residents to help in the peace restoration as they risk lagging behind in development should the conflict persist. “Let us vow to forget the past and forge ahead for unity,” she said.

Mandera MYWO chairperson Ubah Gedi urged women to participate in the development of their county reminding them of their 30 per cent share of the budget allocation. The perennial conflicts between the Garre and Degodia clans in Mandera and Wajir counties have been attributed to political and historical border disputes. Some 75,000 people have been left homeless and scores killed, according to Kenya Red Cross Society, following the recent attacks.

The resolve by the county women to engage in this peace initiative project will supplement government and county leaders’ efforts to stope inter-clan disputes.