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School closed over border dispute

Charles Ronald
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North Eastern Regional Commissioner Muhamud Saleh. He said they are investigating the attack in Lagdera. [Photo/]

A primary school in Lagdera sub-county, Garissa has been closed due to a border dispute between Garissa and Isiolo residents.

Janju Primary School was on Monday closed after armed attackers burnt 20 houses on Sunday leaving the area residents homeless.

Area residents have urged the government to intervene to stop the loss of lives and property and ensure calm returns to the area.

One of the area residents who spoke on condition of anonymity said the dispute between communities escalates during drought seasons as residents scramble for resources.

“Education is affected when communities clash. The communities are forced to flee the conflict zones for fear of their lives. School going children move with their parents to safer areas,” said the resident.

During the Sunday attack, school uniforms, personal effects, foods and other household items were burnt by the attackers.

The conflicts over grazing fields and watering points led to the attack as both communities from Garissa and Isiolo counties claim the land on the Garissa Isiolo border.

North Eastern Regional Commissioner Muhamud Saleh said investigations have been launched and those breaking the law or found inciting either of the communities even as drought counties to bite in the area will be dealt with firmly by the law.

“I urge the communities to maintain peace. We received reports of clashes between communities over grazing fields and water points. Those behind the attacks will be arrested,” said Mr. Saleh.

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