Government may revisit the infamous Modogashe Declaration of 2001

The North Eastern Regional Commisioner (RC), Mohamud Saleh has hinted at the possibility of revisiting the infamous Modogashe declaration of 2001that ensured peace along the common border.

Addressing the press at Eldere on Tuesday, during a fact finding mission on the disputed border between Isiolo south and Lagdera constituencies, Saleh said that the declaration worked very well and there was peace and stability for over 10 years.

If revisiting the declaration will bring peace to area, then we shall revisit it. However in this time and era, Kenyans should not be fighting over boundaries, Saleh said.

Saleh who was the architect of the declaration when he was the PC North Eastern province then said that Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiangi’ will tour the region from next week to declare the position of the government and declare where the boundary is.

On August 29 ,2001, community leaders from the then Eastern Province (Moyale, Marsabit and Isiolo), and North-Eastern Province (Wajir, Mandera and Garissa), together with their respective Provincial and District Security and Intelligence Committees met at Modogashe in Isiolo to discuss and find solutions to the security problems that had made the region a no-go zone.

Armed banditry, cattle rustling, clan feuds and acquisition of identity cards by non-Kenyans were the main security problems identified then.

At the end of the meeting, the leaders agreed on a series of resolutions, the Modogashe Declaration, which greatly contributed to peace and security in the region especially between 2001 and 2011. In 2009, Interpol declared Garissa the safest town in East and Central Africa.

One overriding ideology of the Modogashe declaration is that communities, including local government officials like Chiefs, were held responsible for acts committed by their own. They were expected to identify and probably discipline their own found to have attacked another clan.

Modogashe declaration worked because the communities and leadership were truthful and committed to end banditry.

On Tuesday, the RC led his security team in two hour closed door meeting with his Eastern counterpart, Wycliffe Ogallo in Garbatulla as government stepped in to end the protracted boarder dispute that has left over 100 people dead and property worth millions of shillings in the past 10 years.

The security chiefs later toured villages along the Modogashe � Isiolo road among them Kampi Samaki, Aldere, Eldera, Tokocho and Chachu where they briefly met a few residents. Some of the settlements have remained deserted following the killing of 3 people last month.

Saleh warned politicians inciting their communities that they will arrested and prosecuted.

Source: Kenya News Agency