Garissa County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich has issued a two weeks’ ultimatum to residents of Lagdera sub-county to surrender all illegally held firearms to the security agencies.
Speaking during a peace meeting that brought together National Government Administration Officers (NGAO), sub-county peace committees, and the area elders, Cherutich said that the government would not allow anyone to destabilize peace efforts.
We are asking the parents and elders in this area to tell their children to surrender all illegally held firearms to the police within two weeks. We have information on people with these firearms and after two weeks, we will come for them,–Cherutich
“The government will not allow a few people with illegal weapons to terrorize and kill our people,” he added
The new county boss further cautioned political leaders and elders against making any inciting statements that were likely to stall peace-building efforts, especially on the Garissa – Isiolo border.
Cherutich revealed that plans were underway to revive all peace committees from county level to nyumba Kumi leaders and organize training for the members so that they could effectively lead peace interventions.
Lagdera sub-county peace chairman Dagane Fair called on the security agents to build more police posts and deploy officers for fast responses to any threats to the people.
He said the border clashes were largely caused by drought, which has led to a lack of water and pastures for their livestock.
On Garissa – Isiolo border clashes, the County Commissioner hinted at both counties organizing a joint peace meeting involving the political leaders to find a long-lasting solution.
He further kept his promise that NGAO officers would distribute Huduma Namba cards by delivering over 600 cards for Lagdera Sub County to the area chiefs and sub-chiefs to distribute to their owners.
Out of the 3, 691 cards, only 3,000 have been collected.