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Peace deal in Mandera to end Kenya, Ethiopia clan fights

By The Frontier Post Reporter

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Kenya and Ethiopia have have signed a peace deal that seeks to put to an end clan animosity on their common border in Mandera County.

Kenya’s representatives led by Mandera County Police Commander George Seda and Banisa Sub County Deputy Commissioner Peter Lotulia, agreed with their Ethiopian counterparts that anyone found to be propagating violence will be charged in court.

The Ethiopian delegation was led by Hawassa provincial commissioners Mohamed Ali Kunaye and Mr Mohamed Mohamud Adan.

Ethiopian authorities pledged to organise a peace meeting in Hawasssa between the Garre and Degodia clans with residents of of Dawa and Liban zones in Ethiopia as the main targets for the meeting.

Early this month, a clan fighting in Banisa started in Ethiopia before the violence spilled over to Kenya.

It was reported that two members of one of the clans in Ethiopia were killed in an attack by a rival group and, days later, two members of the rival group were killed in Kenya.

While meeting in Banisa, representatives of the two governments agreed that security would be enhanced along the common border and within respective areas of authority.

The two administrative units agreed to share intelligence between them on all security matters through regular meetings to promote cohesion and inter-community peace across the common border.

Communities residing at the border were urged to report security breaches in time to their respective administrations.

Mandera Governor Ali Roba witnessed the signing of the peace deal.

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