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Kenya: Governor Roba Vows to End Mandera Clan Wars

The Star (Nairobi)
Tuesday, June 11, 2013

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Mandera governor Ali Ibrahim Roba has pledged to have equal distribution of resources for all communities in the county. Speaking to the press at the weekend, Roba said the perceived marginalised clans fight the rest in demand for equality.

He said his administration will be fair so as to solve the conflict. "No clan will be excluded from benefiting from the county resources. My government is fully committed to developing each of our six constituencies equitably so that the welfare of every resident is taken care of," Roba said.

The governor said he will roll out various programmes to uplift the economic wellbeing of all residents. He said infrastructure development, rejuvenation of the agriculture and livestock sub-sectors, repair of roads and affordable credit to farmers and the business community are top in his agenda.

"Revamping the education sector is also a priority because it is key to objectives of Vision 2030," Roba said. He said the county's relationship with Ethiopia and Somalia is crucial in achieving security and economic prosperity.

"I am keen on strengthening business, economic and social ties between Mandera county and Ethiopia and Somalia for the benefit of all," Roba said. The governor said his administration has started investing time and resources to achieve lasting peace in the region.

"My government will not rest until the conflict between the Degodia and Gurreh clans is resolved and the close to 10,000 internally displaced persons are resettled," he said.

Historically, the conflict between the three native clans; Gurreh, Degodia and Murule has been over competition for scarce resources, including land, water and pasture.



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