Residents of Silaloni, Chanzou and Dambale villages in Samburu-Chengoni Ward of Kinango Sub-County in Kwale County have been urged to maintain peace and harmony by adhering to the law and shunning from taking matters onto their own hands.
Speaking at a peace meeting held at Silaloni over the weekend, Kwale County Governor, Salim Mvurya stressed the need for residents to coexist in peace as they always have been.
Governor Mvurya added that he will hold a leaders’ meeting soon to find a lasting solution to the conflict.
He reiterated that the pastoralists who brought their camels and cows in the area did not follow the right procedure as laid down by Kwale County government and should leave immediately.
Governor Mvurya spoke at the meeting after officially opening a maternity wing at Silaloni Dispensary built by the County Government.
He promised residents that the county government will soon bring equipment and beds for the new maternity wing to alleviate the agony of women in the area who have had to travel long distances to find a safe health facility for deliveries in the past.
The area Member of County Assembly for Samburu-Chengoni Ward mr. Chirema Kombo added that insecurity has slowed development in the area as many visits by leaders are utilized in seeking to unite the people instead of concentrating on launching of development projects.
He urged the leadership of the County Government of Kwale and National Government security apparatus to intervene and find a lasting solution to the conflicts engulfing Silaloni trust land.
Speaking at the same meeting County Commissioner Mr Evans Achoki, condemned the recent incident in Dambale area where some pastoralists were injured by unknown residents following a conflict related to grazing.
The County Commissioner lamented that insecurity has dominated the area of late and urged the residents within Samburu-Chengoni Ward to maintain peace and live in harmony.
He promised the residents that he will bring more police officers to Silaloni Police Post to patrol the area in a bid to ease the panic between the communities in the area.
On his part, the area MP for Kinango Hon Gonzi Rai said there is an urgent need to call for a leaders’ meeting which should include residents of Silaloni, Chanzou and Dambale who allegedly leasing their farms to pastoralists.
He said it was wrong for any resident to lease out any farm without the consent of the County Government of Kwale which is the custodian of the Silaloni Trust Land.
Also present in the meeting were CEC Members for Community development Hon Patrick Mtsami and his counterpart for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Hon Joane Nyamasyo, Kasemeni MCA Hon Antony