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State sends security reinforcement to Samburu and Marsabit to quell violence

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By Stanley Ongwae | November 5th 2021
Security officers in Suyan, Samburu County where 14 people have been killed in cattle raids this week. [Michael Saitoti, Standard]

The government has dispatched another contingency of security officers to Samburu and Marsabit counties to quell the ongoing violence that has seen more than 14 residents killed.

Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i said the situation in the two counties was being fueled by ethnic and clan-based rivalry.

He said the state is taking a multi-dimensional approach to maintain security, drawing focus on using dialogue and diplomacy to deal with the violence which he noted has been historical in the areas.

The CS, who was speaking at Nyakemincha High School today where he helped raise funds for the institution, said the government will not dwell on using force to quell violence.

"We cannot always use guns to achieve peace in areas where there is violence. We want to embark on talking to leaders and engaging them with their people to broker peace," Matiang’i said.

According to Matiang'i, dialogue with leaders and residents will help in weeding out historical cases of violence. 

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