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Assessment report on the Eldas and Buna sub counties boundary conflict, in Wajir county on 12th June 2015

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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

On Tuesday June 2, 2015 conflict over boundary dispute at Lakole at the border of Eldas and Buna districts led to a full scale conflict on Wednesday June 3, 2015 where 2 injuries were reported in Lakole South and an injured man died on the way to Garissa for referral.
Introduction

June 2, 2015

On Tuesday June 2, 2015 conflict over boundary dispute at Lakole at the border of Eldas and Buna districts led to a full scale conflict on Wednesday June 3, 2015 where 2 injuries were reported in Lakole South and an injured man died on the way to Garissa for referral. There was low intensity conflict on Thursday June 4, 2015 which escalated again on Friday June 5, 2015 where another man was killed during the skirmishes on the Lakole South side of the border. As a result, all the populations in Lakole South and Lakole North were displaced and all the shops were looted on both sides of the disputed border between the two sub counties. This also led to escalation of hostilities at Basir which is also a border point between Eldas and Wajir North Sub-counties thereby displacing all the population in Basir South (Eldas District) and Basir North locations (Buna District). Previously on 1st June 2015, there were unconfirmed reports of deaths deep along the Wajir – Marsabit border believed to be people from Wajir North further leading to speculation and escalation of the conflict. There is high tension in Lakole South, Lakole North, Basir South and Basir North and the adjacent sub-locations and escalation is quite likely in the days ahead if the fragile prevailing peace and tranqulity shifts on either side of the border along the two districts .

June 6, 2015

The County Security Committee led by the County Commisoner, Wajir County organized a peace meeting on Saturday June 6, 2015 in Lakole with representation from the National Government, elders from both sides, the County Government and the Kenya Red Cross where it was agreed by both sides to keep peace and immediate end to hostilities, immediate halt to the construction of the chief’s office for Lakole South that led to the escalation of the conflict until further instructions is given by the CDF Eldas, opening and allowing the flow of traffic of the C80 road Wajir-Moyale that passes through Eldas town that was closed as a result of escaltion of hostilities between both communities.

Assessment Findings

KRCS Team used direct observation through transect drive, key infromant interviews (chiefs, civil servants) and elders from the two districts to collect the information on displacements and immediate needs of the affected populations.

Internally Displaced Persons ( IDPs currently)

(i) Eldas sub-county

595HHs IDPs displaced from Lakole South(200HHs), Basir(180HHs) , Aresa Awaji (120HHs) and Tito (95HHs). These IDPs were displaced into Eldas, Dad Hantalay, Baji, Soyam and Anole locations. Most affected IDPs include the elderly, women (pregnant & breastfeeding), disabled, children and infants.

(ii) Wajir North Sub-county(Buna District)

565HHs IDPs displaced from Laakole North (155HHs), Bitorebay (35HHs), Chipder(45HHs), Basir (300HHs) and Tuliroba(30HHs). The IDPs were displaced to Tuliroba, Lensayu, Korondille and Buna. Most affected IDPs include the elderly, women (pregnant & breastfeeding), disabled, children and infants.

Immediate needs and recommendations

  1. Continuation and scale up of on-going peace initiative between the two communities and encouraging both communities to go back to areas they have been displaced from especially Lakole and Basir.

  2. Emergency food support for 1160 HHs

  3. Registration of IDPs by KRC Volunteers for targteing

  4. Water trucking – 2 Water boozers for Eldas and Buna districts for providing water to centres where there is high concentration of IDPs and displaced pastoralists

  5. Emergency medical support for IDPs and displaced pastoralists

  6. Cash transfer for those families living with host communities in other settlements

  7. Shelter support for 1000HHs

  8. Non – food items for 1000HHs

Conclusion

There is an urgent need to initiate life saving interventions for IDPs and displaced pastoralists and scaling up dialogue and peace building efforts. Moreover, there is need for joint efforts between the National and County governments, and KRCS and partners in responding effectively to the conflict and addressing the immediate, structural and underlying problems causing the conflict through public participation and an all inclusive approach.