Border disputes creating tensions at the Coast.

Border disputes creating tensions at the Coast.

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Local leaders and villagers discussing the border row.

A wave of conflicts over County boundaries that has rocked Kenya’s Coast Region are likely to cause more tensions among local communities.

Four Counties, Kwale ,Taita Taveta , Kilifi and Tana River are already at loggerhead with each other over border disputes.

Four people died recently and several injured during ethnic instigated clashes between rival communities over border disputes between Kilifi and Tana River counties.

Approximately 600 displaced families are still camping at Kanagoni Primary School in Kilifi after fleeing their homes in Tana Delta following the tribal unrest.

Coast Regional co ordinator Samuel Kilele however called an urgent leaders meeting to iron out border row between the two Counties.

Kwale and Taita Taveta Counties have for some time also differed over their boundary with each county claiming ownership of Mackinnon Road Township and Landi Ya Mwembeni.

Leaders from both sides have stood their ground to defend their counties over the border rows.

“We wont even give-up an inch of Mackinon Road Township, it belongs to Kwale and even the area MCA works from Kwale county” Kwale Senator Boy Juma Boy said on Friday during an exclusive interview with Baraka FM.

However, the senator insisted Mackionn Road lies in Kwale County saying documents will prove him right.

“People can talk, but the fact is Mackinnon and all other areas lies in Kwale County’, He said.

On Monday chaos erupted which led to the arrest of the Taita Taveta County Assembly Speaker Meshack Maghanga together with one Member of County Assembly-MCA.

Meanwhile respective County Commissioners from Kwale and Taita Taveta called for peace meeting on Monday to try diffuse tensions simmering in the two disputed areas said to be vital for the counties revenue.

About 40 elders from Kwale and Taita Taveta Counties and a team of commissioners from the National Cohesion and Integration Commission NCIC led by Chairman Francis Ole Kaparo were invited in the meeting aimed at cooling out tempers from area leader.

Senator Juma Boy also revealed that plans were underway to find a lasting solution to the dispute before it generates into uncontrollable conflicts.

“Kaparo and his NCIC team including the boundaries commission will be in Mackinnon to try and diffuse that tension. We as leaders must also show willingness to dialogue” said Juma Boy.

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