President Idriss Deby Itno of Chad has ordered the army to shoot dead both herdsmen and farmers if clashes continue as measure to save the majority.
According to him, the army can shoot ten persons from each side- to save the majority. He said if the army comes to the places where there is fighting between herdsmen and farmers, the army should assemble ten members of both the herdsmen and the farmers and shoot them dead.
Clashes between farmers and herdsmen this August left at least 50 dead. But President Deby declared a state of emergency in two eastern provinces where the fighting is frequent as well as authorising summary shootings to “save the majority.”
According to him, “From now, we will deploy military forces who are going to ensure the security of the population in the region,” Deby said while on a trip to Sila. “We must disarm all the civilians who have weapons in their hands,” he said.
“If there is still fighting between Arabs and Ouaddaians… you shoot ten from each side to save the majority. You have authorisation,” Deby said.