Photo: Security team represent during the peace meeting in Songa-Badaasa Dam.
Residents of Songa-Badaasa area today converged for a peace meeting to discuss issues affecting them following the recent killings in the area.
In a peace meeting today held at Badassa and led by security agencies in the county, residents acknowledged that for the last four years they’ve enjoyed peace in the region but blamed political leaders for incitements that led to recent killings in the area.
According to Deputy Administration police commander Saku sub-county, Hassan Soba, they are still waiting for the DNA report and the investigation is now in advance stage on the recent killing of Songa Primary pupil.
“The affected families will soon get justice since our investigation is almost complete, so let’s be patient”, he said.
Soba has urged Rendille and Borana communities, to embrace peace and reject politicians sowing hatred to gain political power through chaos and suffering of others, and urged them that they should not allow themselves to be misused.
“Let us reject the politics of tribe and the politics of division. Let us unite, embrace peace and move forward together,” said Soba.
Soba’s sentiments were echoed by Deputy County Commissioner, Saku sub-county Joseph Nyakwara who appealed to residents to preach peace and focus on other development issues in the area.
Nyakwara has also warned politicians against instigating violence in the area adding that whoever found, will be summoned.
The peace meeting was organized by a non-governmental organization Act Change Transformation (ACT) which pledged to educate locals on the need to maintain peace before and after August elections.
According to Paul Lekapana, ACT County Coordinator, has warned that Marsabit County which is home to fifteen communities may witness clashes after elections.
“Marsabit is a cosmopolitan county and residents need to live in harmony before, during and after the August elections” he explained.
The two communities promised to live in peace towards the election, during the election and after the election.