Kenya Sends Protest Note to Ethiopia Over Turkana Killings
Kenya has sent yet another protest letter to Ethiopia following last week’s border attacks that left 13 members of the Turkana community dead.
Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia said the government was unhappy with the attacks unleashed against innocent Kenyans in the Todonyang area and asked their Ethiopian counterparts to ‘tame’ the militia’s on their side.
At a news conference Tuesday, the PS said the country’s military had already been deployed along the border between the two countries to help drive out the Merrille raiders, who are said to have moved almost 30 kilometres into Kenya.
They will complement the work already being done by the General Service Unit (GSU) personnel and Administration Police who are already in the area following the renewed attacks.
A full fledged police station has also been set up in the Todonyang area to deal with Merrile and Nyanga’tom militias from Ethiopia.
“We have since moved our soldiers to the border to help beef up our border…we now have more than 300 security officers, well equipped to secure our border,” said Mr Kimemia.
“It is unfortunate that the militia from Ethiopia shot at innocent women as they went about their business fetching water.
We are not happy with this and we are carrying out our own investigations,” added the PS.
“We have held discussions as a government and sent a protest letter to Ethiopian government asking them to tame the militia on their side of the border.”
This is the second time in four months that the government is sending a protest note over attacks by the Merille and Nyanga’tom militias from Ethiopia against Kenyans in Todonyang.
In May this year, attacks by the same raiders that left more than 30 members of the Turkana community dead, according to Daily Nation newspaper report.
In related news BARNABAS BII reported to Daily Nation that reported, Kenyan surveyors are in Ethiopia to resolve a border dispute between the two countries.
Survey director Ephantus Murage is holding talks with his Ethiopian counterpart in Addis Ababa on how to resolve the boundary row at Lake Turkana delta.
“We expect the demarcation to begin before the end of this month,” said Rift Valley provincial commissioner Osman Warfa.
He said beacons would be erected in the lake to resolve the dispute once and for all.
The PC was with a team of surveyors and security officials to Lokitaung’, Turkana County, last month in readiness for the demarcation.
“This will be done jointly with surveyors from the two countries,” said Mr Warfa.
Protracted rivalry between Turkanas and Merriles from Ethiopia has interrupted commercial fishing in Lake Turkana.
Fishmongers have moved out of Lake Turkana following attacks by raiders from the two communities.
“A clear border and beefing up of security will boost business in the two countries,” said Mr Ewoi Akuam, a local fishmonger.
The two countries’ administrators and security officials are working out the methodology of stemming hostilities between the Turkana and Ethiopia’s Merrile and Nyangatom communities.
“The talks are aimed at resolving cross border conflict between the three communities,” said Mr Warfa.
Additional police officers are in Todonyang following renewed conflicts between the Turkana and the Ethiopian communities.
More than 60 people have been killed in the last two months in attacks pitting Kenyan and Ethiopian fishermen and pastoralists.
More than 60 people have been killed in the last two months in attacks pitting Kenyan and Ethiopian fishermen and pastoralists
Source: Daily Nation