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Politicians warned against fueling animosity over Tana River land wrangles

The Government has warned political leaders in Tana River County against fueling animosity among communities over land disputes.

Coast Regional Commissioner, John Elungata urged politicians to stop incitement on land matters that have been ailing the region.

He cited the recent flare-up in the Madogo area which was quelled by security apparatus after alleged incitement among the local communities.

Addressing local elders from the Orma, Pokomo, Wardei, Wailuana, Mywoyaya, Watta among other communities on Thursday at Minjila in Tana River county, Elungata warned leaders and residents not to repeat the cycle of violence that has caused loss of lives, property, and displacement of people in the region.

Elungata also send a warning to the farmers and pastoralists urging them to respect each other in order to have a peaceful co-existence.

In 2012, skirmishes between farmers and livestock keepers in the Tana Delta claimed more than 100 people and displaced hundreds of families. The conflict ended after the March 4 general election.

Elungata however, noted that the communities had made a peace deal last year bringing the skirmishes to an end.


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