Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi yesterday accused the Jubilee government of being reluctant to end tribal conflicts fuelled by border disputes.
Kiraitu yesterday accused Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery of taking too long to issue a ministerial statement over the prolonged boundary dispute between Isiolo and Meru counties. “The government is avoiding marking the boundary. It is instead saying it will form a task force.
I’m not convinced the government is taking this matter seriously,” Murungi told the Senate. Kiraitu said he is disappointed that Nkaissery is planning to form a task force when Isiolo and Meru counties have agreed to provide the logistical support to mark the boundary.
He told the House both counties have agreed to provide two surveyors and pay for the boundary to be marked while the national government would provide security during the exercise.
“The Cabinet Secretary has not provided security for the boundary to be mapped as agreed. The CS should tell us why he is refusing to have surveyors mark the boundary to end the squabbles,” Kiraitu said.
Senate Security Committee vice chairperson Fatuma Dullo defended the government, saying it is committed to bringing a lasting solution to conflicts that arise from boundary disputes. She said the tension on the Isiolo-Meru border is because both counties want to control the disputed areas yet to be surveyed.