Suspected clan violence in Northeastern Kenya intensifies amid a motorbike driver’s death last Friday. In a tragic development, what is most likely the result of an interclan conflict in Kenya’s Garissa County continues to claim lives. The rider, Aden Hussein, was killed on the Galmagala-Degega road in the Fafi Constituency.
Unknown assailants fatally shot Mr Hussein when he and his companion, Abdifarah Kadir, were transporting miraa [also known as khat] to Galmagala town. The thugs ambushed them armed with AK-47 rifles. Preliminary reports suggest that Hussein succumbed to fatal gunshot wounds to his back. Mr Kadir narrowly escaped the scene.
The incident is part of a concerning pattern of violence in Northeastern Kenya. It follows an attack on Fafi Constituency’s Member of Parliament (MP) Yakub Salah and his convoy a day before. Unknown assailants ambushed the MP’s convoy after he paid respects to one of the victims of a brutal attack that had claimed six lives, including five students near Garissa town earlier that week.
A spate of suspected clan-based violence
The attack on the MP’s convoy and the loss of Aden Hussein’s life constitute alarming developments in the inter-clan violence in the region. Hussein’s death marks the eleventh murder near Garissa town in just one month, emphasizing the urgent need for conflict resolution strategies and strengthening security measures.
To begin with, local authorities are planning a comprehensive initiative to retrieve illegal firearms from civilians. The Regional Commissioner’s office called upon those in possession of such weapons to surrender them voluntarily. The attack has reignited discussions about the need for cooperation among community leaders, security agencies, and other stakeholders to find lasting solutions to the underlying conflicts that have plagued the region.