Kenyatta Lifts Tana River Curfew


decease geneva; font-size: small;”>Tribal clashes in 2012 left scores killed and houses burnt in the worst violence after the 2007 post-election mayhem.

online geneva; font-size: small;”>The President took the decision on Saturday night following requests by local leaders led by Tana River County Governor Hussein Daddo to lift the 6.00 pm to 6.00 am curfew that was slapped in the area following eruption of tribal clashes in the county that claimed over 200 lives.

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“I am committed to unite with you to bring peace in this area. I therefore lift the curfew as requested by your Governor. Yet, if you go back to fighting, do not blame the Government for the action that would taken,” said the President.

The President was speaking in Hola town when he addressed wananchi during a public meeting meant to launch issuance of title deeds in the area but which was halted in the last minute over security concerns and the need to verify genuine beneficiaries.

Noting security concerns were key to the postponement of the title deeds issuance in the county, President Kenyatta called on leaders and ordinary citizens to co-exist and uphold peace in order to cultivate a friendly environment for business and other development activities.

“Leaders must ensure they unite all the communities and maintain. It is up to us all to prevail on leaders to stop inciting wananchi so that pastoralists and farmers co-exist peacefully and carry out their economic activities unhindered,” he said.

He said continued conflicts among communities in the Tana Delta area would retard development and made a strong appeal to leaders to learn to negotiate and resolve problems whenever they arise.

“Nothing is possible if there is no peace. We cannot create wealth if there is fighting between communities. Not even surveying can take place. So let’s live like Kenyans,” he said.

Following complaints from local leaders, the President ordered for the cancellation of all suspect title deeds in the area and a repeat allocation process involving all leaders be commenced to ensure justice and equity.

Governor Hussein Daddo told the President that a few unscrupulous rich people bent on enriching themselves through speculation had themselves irregularly allocated between 60,000 acres and 100, 000 acres of land in the County.

The President explained that the cancellation did not mean the Government did not want investors in the irrigation sector but they must suggest clear plans in a transparent manner indicating what they intend to do.

“If there are any undeserving and suspect land title deeds, they must be cancelled. Repeat the process and involve all leaders to ensure all people get their right,” he said.

He continued: “This is not to say we do not want investors. What we do not want are backdoor activities for land speculation. We encourage all investors to come to Kenya to do business but we do not want corruption,” said President Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta said the Government would spend sh200 million to modernize Hola District Hospital to enable it provide ample health care services to residents.

Deputy President William Ruto said the Government cannot allow speculators to grab the one million acres of land meant for irrigation in the country.

“It is not possible for less than eight people to share among themselves one million acres for irrigation. It is not possible and it is not acceptable anywhere,” he said.

He said in the next one and half years, there will be piped irrigation water using gravity so that more people can grow food and eradicate hunger.

The Deputy President said the Government has set aside sh30 million for the construction of an Information and Communication Technology institute in Garsen which will also comprise a teachers training college requested by local leaders.

He appealed to wananchi and leaders to uphold peace noting that the Government issued title deeds in Kilifi, Mombasa and Lamu Counties but could not do so in Tana River County owing to security concerns.


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