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NCIC confident clashes in Marsabit will end

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National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) yesterday exuded optimism to have a lasting solution to the perennial ethnic flare-ups in Marsabit County.

The move follows a series of meetings between the commission and leaders from the region to bring an end to ethnic clashes that have in the past disrupted security gains in the region.

Commission chairman Dr Samuel Kobia in a statement confirmed that the commission had a successful consultation with all stakeholders.

“Following the directive by the president when he met Marsabit leaders on July 15, ordering for lasting peace in Marsabit, the NCIC led the process of finding a lasting solution to the conflict,” said Kobia.

He observed that the two-day meeting took place at the Kenya School of Government (KSG) with ample time taken to cover all the challenges of peace and conflict in Marsabit.

Road map Kobia said the leaders developed a practical road map and implementation plan for the interventions needed to achieve lasting peace in the region.

“The leaders resolved firmly to have personal and collective responsibility in the implementation of the road map,” he added.

Without any contents of the agreed document, Kobia said the resolutions of the meeting shall be forwarded to the National security advisory council for consideration.

There had been concerns that conflict had the potential of morphing into a Rwanda-like genocide if leaders do not find the right formula due to its complexity.

It was established that warring clans in Marsabit were heavily armed with some of the most sophisticated weapons posing a security concern for the government.

A section of leaders in the area has expressed fears that the conflict could escalate as the country hurtles to the 2022 polls if no efforts are made to find a lasting solution.

The causes of conflict include fight over political leadership and access to and ownership of small but prime settlement areas, especially in Saku, which has grazing fields in dispute.

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