The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) has asked the governors of Kitui and Tana River to end inter-community clashes along their counties’ common border.
The NCIC Commissioner, Morris Dzoro asked Governors, Charity Ngilu (Kitui) and Major (rtd) Dhadho Godhana to initiate dialogue with the aim of enhancing cohesion between farmers and pastoralists living along the border.
Speaking during a stakeholders meeting on countering violent extremism at a Hola hotel on Thursday, Dzoro urged Kitui and Tana River residents living along the border to co-exist peacefully.
His sentiments come in the wake of prolonged hostilities between farmers and pastoralists along the border that have resulted in loss of human life and livestock.
The residents need to realize that they are Kenyans and thus live harmoniously. When the pastoralists feed their animals in Kitui, they are doing so in Kenya. Likewise, the farmers who trade their produce in Tana River are doing so in Kenya, he said.
Dzoro, who was accompanied by fellow Commissioner, Adan Abdi urged the Kitui County Government to be tolerant with the pastoralists and help them when in need instead of regarding them as enemies.
The Tana River Deputy County Commissioner (DCC), Michael Kioni echoed Dzoro’s sentiments, calling for understanding between the pastoralists from his Sub County and farmers in Kitui County.
Kioni urged the residents of the clash-prone Tana River County to live peacefully with one another and respect each other’s property.
He urged residents to engage in development politics instead of fighting each other over natural resources.
You have been placed in this county by God for a purpose. The many tribes you are and the various culture you share are your strength and should not cause divisions, he said.
Source: Kenya New s Agency