The Mandera Governor, Ali Roba has asked the Garre and Murule clans to coexist harmoniously and desist from perennial clashes that have seen loss of lives and displacement of persons.
In a press statement, Roba asked the feuding clans to immediately put arms down to allow dialogue to take place.
Roba asked the community elders and national security teams to fast track the peace process for the development of the region.
The four days forum brought together a 21-member committee to bolster peace between the two warring Somali clans.
The committee members who included political leaders, elders and national government security teams resolved for a ceasefire between the two clans where deadly clashes have seen displacement of communities who have been fighting over land and resources, the statement said.
A resolution was reached for seven out of the nine issues raised during the stakeholders’ consultative forum.
Among resolutions reached are that the long history over boundary feuds by the two clans needs to be resolved by June next year, immediate implementation of the 2005-2008 Umul and related peace accords reached between the two communities in the past, while other issues included contestation over pasture, water and grazing land where one community blames the other for invading pasture lands.
The committee agreed on resolving past conflicts by use of peace accords and in line with Somali customary laws, including payment of masala in terms of camels, immediate cessation of all feuds should begin with immediate effect. Roba said.
The Mandera County Commissioner (CC), Onesmus Kyatha urged the clan elders to sit down and resolve the stalemate for once and for all.
Kyatha said police would be in full control of the contested Yedho region until normalcy is attained in the area.
By Dickson Githaiga