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Garre and Murule bury hatchet, promise to live in peace

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Two warring communities in Mandera County have agreed to bury the hatchet and live in peace.

The Garre and Murule sealed their peace accord after a meeting that brought together top officials from the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) as well as National and County government officers.

The two groups Garre and Murule, which are both traditionally pastoralist communities, have a long history of conflict and clashes over pasture and water.

They have also been fighting about local power which group should exert authority over Mandera County.

The conflict between the two communities also has cross-border dynamics, with both communities building alliances with their kin in Somalia and Ethiopia and accusing each other of harboring foreign militants.

Like other pastoralist areas, Mandera has suffered from a high degree of marginalization, and there is a lingering distrust against the state, particularly the security forces, from the time of the Somali secessionist struggle in the 1960s when severe and indiscriminate force was employed.

The most recent waves of fighting between Garre and Murule began in 2004.

During the meeting, it was resolved that the community alleged to have committed atrocities against the other shall be fined up to 350 camels of equivalent value in cash.

NCIC chairperson Samwel Kobia said for peace to prevail all communities must agree to work together.

On his part, Mandera Governor Ali Roba said both communities must put aside their differences saying the tribal clashes should now be a thing of the past.

NCIC arbitration committee further ordered that all stolen properties must be returned within two days, and urged the national government to move with speed and demarcate the boundary between the two communities which has been the cause of the conflict.

Leaders agreed to support the recommendations in order to achieve long lasting peace in the county.

Last year, inter-communal clashes in Lafey (Mandera County) resulted in at least three fatalities.

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