Sunday, September 11, 2016

ISIOLO CLASHES: ISIOLO BELONGS TO THE SOMALI PEOPLE SINCE 1914

Summary:


  • The attack follows last week's killings in Garfasa, Garba Tula Sub County where three people were killed by Somali armed men from Lagdera.
  • The police boss added that the heavily armed men were shooting aimlessly prompting other Somali’s to flee towards Garissa.
  • He further confirmed that no arrests had been made, adding that the attackers did not steal any animals.
  • Isiolo has been a Somali Inhabited Town since 1914.

At least six people died and three were injured last week in the Borana-Somali clashes in Isiolo.Two people were shot dead Saturday and two others injured in Boji, Isiolo County following a retaliatory attack by suspected Borana herders.

The attack follows last week's killings in Garfasa, Garba Tula Sub County where three people were killed by Somali armed men from Lagdera, Garissa County.
Kenya Parliamentary Hansard Report in 1970 Motion being Boundary Commission for Isiolo 

Isiolo Police Commander Charles Ontita said angry Borana herders shot dead a 20-year-old man and an eight-year-old boy from the Somali community while they were resting in their home.

A two-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy who were injured and were taken to Benale hospital for treatment.

The police boss added that the heavily armed men were shooting aimlessly prompting other Somali’s to flee towards Garissa.

He further confirmed that no arrests had been made, adding that the attackers did not steal any animals.

Isiolo is a town in the former Eastern Province, Kenya. It is situated in the Upper Eastern sub-region, and lies 285 kilometres north of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya. The town grew around the local military camps, much of the population being descended from former Somali soldiers who had fought in World War I as well as other Cushitic-speaking pastoral communities and the Ameru community.

INVESTIGATIONS LAUNCHED

Mr Ontita also said investigations had been launched with the aim of arresting the attackers and urged locals not to take the law into their hands.

“There has been tension in the area following invasion by Somali herders from Lagdera Sub-County in search of water and pasture for their livestock,” he said.

The pastoralists have been accused of invading Isiolo with their livestock without following proper procedures set by the Borana community. Police have been deployed in the area following the incident in a bid to stop further retaliatory attacks between the two communities.

At least six people died and three were injured last week in the Borana-Somali clashes in Isiolo.

Political leaders from Isiolo have condemned the attack and called on the government to remove Somali herders from Isiolo saying they are causing tension.