Peace returns to Modogashe border town after skirmishes

Thursday March 28 2019

A street in Modogashe town on the border of Isiolo and Garissa counties. Normalcy is slowly returning to the area following weekend skirmishes that led to deaths and destruction of property. PHOTO | VIVIAN JEBET | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Normalcy is slowly returning to Modogashe near the disputed Isiolo-Garissa border following weekend skirmishes that led to deaths and destruction of property.

Three people died while three others were injured in a series of attacks pitting two pastoralist communities from Isiolo and Garissa counties.

Garbatulla Deputy County Commissioner Victor Kamonde said normalcy is returning to Modogashe, a small town that has been tense since Sunday when assailants torched several business premises.

Most traders in Modogashe, he said, have reopened their businesses.


He revealed that the government is currently planning to convene an inter-county peace meeting to restore harmony and encourage locals from the two communities to coexist peacefully.


Disagreements on resource sharing and disregard for established communal control in the use of water and pasture compounded by boundary disputes are the main causes of the conflict.


"We have deployed more police officers to boost security and we are planning to hold several meetings between elders from Garbatulla and Lagdera sub-counties in Isiolo and Garissa counties respectively," said Mr Kamonde.

Following the skirmishes, Eastern Regional Commissioner Isiah Nakoru and Isiolo County Commissioner John Ondego together with Isiolo leaders led by Governor Mohamed Kuti separately visited Modogashe to calm the residents.

During the meetings, Isiolo leaders and government officials asked locals to shun inter-communal conflicts and embrace peace.