The Garissa County Commissioner Boaz Cherutich has given the residents of Lagdera sub county two-week amnesty to surrender all illegal weapons to the police. Speaking during a peace meeting which brought together all National Government Administration Officers (NGAO), sub county peace committees and the area elders, Cherutich said that the government will not allow anyone to destabilize the peace efforts. “We are asking the parents and elders in this area to tell their children to surrender all illegal weapons to the police within two weeks. We have information on people with these weapons and after two weeks, we will come for them,” Cherutich said
“The government will not allow a few people with illegal weapons to terrorize and kill our people,” he added .The new county boss further cautioned political leaders and elders against making any inciting statements that are likely to stall peace-building efforts especially on the Garissa – Isiolo border issue. Cherutich revealed that plans are underway to revive all peace committees from county level to nyumba kumi leaders and organize training for the members so that they effectively lead peace interventions. Lagdera sub county peace chairman Dagane Falir called on the security agents to build more police posts and deploy officers for fast responses to any threats to the people.
He said the border clashes were largely caused by lack of drought, which has led to lack of water and pastures for their livestock. On Garissa – Isiolo border clashes, the county commissioner hinted that both counties will organize a joint peace meeting involving the political leaders to find a long lasting solution. He further kept his promise that NGAO officers will distribute Huduma Namba cards by delivering over 600 cards for Lagdera Sub County to the area chiefs and sub chiefs to distribute to their owners. Out of the 3691 cards ready, only 3000 had been collected.