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ODM: Kasarani detention camp a colonialist move

10 April 2014, 17:14 Victor Tinto

Nairobi - The Orange Democratic Movement ODM has condemned the Kasarani Stadium detention camp, terming it barbaric and colonialist.

The government has been under fire over the facility which has been approved for use in the current war on terror.

Over 3000 persons have been detained at the Stadium for screening, a move that the government says is necessary to rid the country of illegal and unsafe elements.

Various groups including Human Rights activists, members of parliament including some allied to the ruling Jubilee Coalition and the public have openly displayed their displeasure at the camp.

And now opposition party ODM has come out to thrash the move by government which it has described as wrong and unlawful.

" ODM would like to express its strong displeasure at the swoops going on today which resemble Operation Anvil of the Mau Mau era or the Wagalla operation of the 1980s, acting party boss Prof Anyang Nyong'o said.

He added that such operations would only fracture and already suffering social outlook in the country and pull people apart.

" Operation Anvil can easily lead to ethnic profiling. We do not think indiscriminate picking of Somalis is the answer. Al Shabaab is no longer a Somali issue, he added.

He added that the government had sinister motives in pulling the move and that there were better solutions to dealing with the problem.

Further to that, he insisted that the government had failed in its agenda to protect citizens and that it would be necessary to take sack underperforming government leaders.

" Nothing has changed in government despite all that has taken place in the last year. Even after all the deaths including those at Westgate, why has nothing been done, he asked?

He said that the party would address measures it will take to censure government on the illegal moves in the coming days.

The government has so far deported 82 Somalis back across the border as it continues in its efforts to curb insecurity.

There have however been complaints on human rights misdeeds during the process with other claiming wrongful arrest.

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