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MP condemns Mandera mass killings, says KDF worse than Al Shabaab

08 December 2015, 09:09 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - Mandera and Wajir MPs have threatened to appeal to United Nations human rights organizations and the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate and prosecute KDF officers involved in extrajudicial killings in the County.

Over 11 legislators led by Mandera Senator, Billow Kerrow have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to order for immediate end of kidnappings, extrajudicial killings among other atrocities committed by the KDF officers deployed in the region to combat terrorism.

"We condemn these incidences of atrocities by KDF of forcefully kidnapping people. This is unacceptable because the government needs to protect lives," said Kerrow.

"The President should take this matter seriously by forming an independent team to investigate the matter immediately failure to which we will call on international community to investigate because this is crimes against humanity," he warned.

He pointed out that KDF officer involved in the heinous acts are known by human rights groups operating in the County, and therefore the government should ensure they are punished.

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The legislators who were responding to recent discovery of a mass grave in Mandera, said the government should work within the legal framework in the fight against terrorism.

Mandera West MP, Muhammed Mahmud warned that continued kidnappings and extrajudicial killings by KDF will not help end terrorism, but instead lead to more radicalization of youths in the region.

"Mandera people are pissed off and disappointed to even burn down the KDF camp. These extrajudicial killings must come to an end and the fight against terrorism be done within the law," said Mahmud.

Wajir West MP, Abdikadir Ore accused the KDF of abdicating their duties and engaging in charcoal and sugar trade in Somalia while those deployed in North Eastern embarked on committing atrocities against residents.

"Our KDF forces are ... best in charcoal and sugar smuggling. We are tired of KDF torture atrocities which is worst than atrocities committed by Al Shabaab," said Ore.

He insisted that regional leaders and Kenyans at large have lost faith in KDF, hence the need for the President to take appropriate measures to restore public confidence in the security Forces.

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