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Residents call for dialogue as Garissa-Isiolo border clashes escalate

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Garissa-Isiolo border residents are calling upon the national government to take charge of peace efforts aimed at ending protracted boundary clashes between the two counties.

Residents led by Danyere MCA Daud Adan said interventions by local leadership had borne no fruit and called on the national government to take up the matter.

“The conflict between the two communities along the Isiolo and Garissa county border continues to escalate. We are calling on the national government to intervene and solve this matter for once and for all,” Adan told journalists on Saturday.

The residents want all the local political and security leaders from both counties to call for a peace dialogue meeting to solve the border dispute.

In an opinion piece published in one of the local dailies, CEO Frontier Counties Development Council and the Deputy Governor Isiolo County Mohammed Guleid said that more than 200 people have been killed in the area in the last few years.

He said the impact of the conflicts is disruptive to planning for development as people live in constant fear.

“There is an urgent need to arrest the situation and bring an end to this madness. The national government needs to quickly intervene. Unless this conflict is ended, more people are going to killed,”said Guleid.

County religious affairs representative Ahmed Bilal urged the warring neighbours to embrace peace as part of their Islamic virtues.

“A majority of the people in Garissa and Isiolo are Muslims. Islam is for peace, let everyone calm down and allow the security machinery to resolve these issues,” Bilal said.

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