Row over boundary leaves scores injured, BVR kits destroyed in Lagdera

Sunday March 6 2016

Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits that was destroyed on March 2, 2016 when two groups clashed over the location of a registration centre in Lagdera, Garissa County. PHOTO | ABDIMALIK HAJIR | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits that was destroyed on March 2, 2016 when two groups clashed over the location of a registration centre in Lagdera, Garissa County. PHOTO | ABDIMALIK HAJIR | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By ABDIMALIK HAJIR
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Tension is high between two neighbouring Wards in Lagdera, Garissa County following a boundary dispute that left scores of residents injured and voter registration kits destroyed.

In the Wednesday incident, members of the neighbouring Wards squabbled over the location Tugdup, with one side claiming members from the other side should not be registered there as the area is not in their Ward.

Speaking to the Nation.co.ke on Sunday, Regional Independent Boundaries and Elections Commission (Iebc) coordinator Mr Saad Nur said police arrested one person suspected to be a member of one of the groups.

“There was a dispute over Ward boundary between Baraki and Maalimin in Lagdera Sub-county. The community at a centre called Tugdup believed that they are in Baraki Ward while in our records they are supposed to be in Maalimin so they never wanted to be registered as part of Maalimin ward,” he said.

Police believe that politicians including Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) were behind the ugly scenes as they try to consolidate votes in readiness for the 2017 polls.

Boundaries between Counties, constituencies and wards have in the recent past caused conflicts between communities resulting to loss of lives with politicians being blamed for such incidents.

Mr Nur, however, said the exercise is going on well despite the tension on ground as he appeals to locals to remain calm while police continue hunting for suspects behind the chaos.