Mandera rival clans clash over construction of water pan
Tension remains high in Warankalla ward, Lafey Sub County over a site for construction of a water pan.
Garre clan lined up their youths on Friday morning to prevent a contractor from constructing a water pan they fear would extend to the neighbouring Murule clan territory.
Youths from the two clans engaged in a protracted stone throwing game before the contractor left the site for his security.
The Mandera County Commissioner (CC), Kutswa Olaka told KNA in his office that work on the construction has been shelved until an agreement was reached.
“We have halted the construction of the water pan pending negotiation with elders and political leaders from the two clans,” said Olaka.
Olaka said he has asked for a meeting on Saturday between the two clans to forge a consensus on the site where the water pan is to be constructed.
The CC who denied reports of injured youths in the morning confrontation said he would call for a media briefing after the meeting.
“As far as we are concerned no one has been injured in the confrontation by the angry youths as the contractor left the site, “said the CC.
The dry Lafey sub county borders Somalia with pastoralists relying on movement across the border in search of water.
Funds for the construction of the water pan is courtesy of the national government equalization fund to provide fresh drinking water for residents and livestock.
By Dickson Githaiga