KENYA: Thousands remain displaced as fighting subsides in Moyale

ISIOLO, 19 January 2012 (IRIN) - Hundreds of families displaced during weeks of fighting between two communities in the northern Kenyan district of Moyale have ignored pleas to return by government officials who say the situation has returned to normal.

Herders walk through a sand storm in an arid landscape near the border town of Moyale in northern Kenya Photo: © Siegfried Modola/IRIN

"Calm has been restored, we have not had a single incident of attack [lately], our intelligence personnel, local leaders are vigilant just in case any person or group plans to attack any group," Issaih Nokuru, the regional commissioner for Upper Eastern, told IRIN on 19 January.

Nokuru said police and the army had been deployed to the district and 24-hour patrols were ongoing.

A few hours after the commissioner spoke to IRIN, fresh clashes broke out in Manislle, a village on the outskirts of Moyale town.

“'Fighting between gangs, tribal militias from the Borana and Gabra communities started at around 2 pm today,” said one local official.

“Regular police and rapid deployment teams were send to Mansille. They were unable to access the place because of the heavy fighting. They are back in [Moyale] town. We fear many have been killed. A number of people are fleeing to the town,” he said.

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