The Cabinet Secretary (CS) for Interior and Coordination of National Government, Dr. Fred Matiang’i, held meeting with Marsabit Interfaith Delegation to discuss peace-making efforts among conflicting communities.
The conflict has so far claimed 40 lives since September last year.
Dr. Matiang’ i then chaired a meeting with the invited guests and later oversee ceremonies expected to settle on lasting solutions to the conflict whose genesis has been established as limited resources occasioned by drought and famine, dirty politics and constituency boundaries.
The Cs directed that cross-border meetings between stakeholders from Kenya and Ethiopia in the Marsabit area be attended at the highest level by the National Government Administration.
“This is a vital duty that should not be delegated to junior officers. I will direct the Principal Administrative Secretary to ensure that this happens,” he said.
During the meeting, the Delegation raised concerns over the National Police Reservists (NPRs) who seem to be taking sides in the conflict. The leaders supported the immediate and simultaneous disarmament of anyone in the possession of firearms including the NPR.
On their part, the Interfaith Delegation thanked the CS for his strong conviction on the review of the NPR and the Government’s tough stance on riveting and bio-metric registration of police officers. The Delegation also expressed concern that some radio stations and social media pages are being employed for incitement.
Dr. Matiang’i warned that all media houses operating or broadcasting in Marsabit County should desist from spreading hate messages or risk being shut down. The CS also said that social platforms like WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter will be closely monitored by law enforcement for hate messages. Any culprit caught will be arrested and prosecuted accordingly.
Further, Dr. Matiang’i directed the Secretary for Internal Security (SIS) to speak to the Director-General of the Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) to review all media stations operating in the County.
He said the media houses status and the manner in which they operate will be analyzed so as to ensure that they are conforming with the laid-out operational procedures and that they are not sources of spewing or spreading hate messages.
The CS thanked the Interfaith Delegation for being non-partisan and being unrelenting in the fight for peace in the face of hostility.
“You have never given up in this good fight. The Government thanks and appreciates your efforts for continuing to stand on the side of peace,” he said.
The meeting was attended by Bishop Peter Thuku, Catholic Diocese Marsabit, Rt. Rev Qampicha Daniel Wario, Bishop, ACK Diocese, Marsabit, Sheikh Mohammed Nur Kuli, Chairperson, Marsabit Interfaith Council, Jacob Harule Ekalloamong others.