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Govt asked to arrest violence plotters

18 April 2013, 15:32

Garsen - Pressure is mounting on government to prosecute masterminds of bloody ethnic clashes that rocked parts of the Coast Province last year.

About 350 people were killed and an estimated 50 000 were displaced during the internecine violence triggered by intractable land disputes.

Coast Province residents yesterday also demanded immediate release of the findings of a government-sanctioned probe into the bloodletting.

They demanded justice for the dead and urged government not to balk from the prosecutions if the report fingered some powerful politicians as the brains behind the slaughter.

Former President Mwai Kibaki constituted the Commission of Inquiry into the Tana Delta violence under the leadership of now sacked High Court judge Grace Nzioka.

Nzioka who was attacked by unknown people in her home early this year was fired from the bench because of incompetence.

Besides the killings, the violence between the rival tribes uprooted families, many still living in displacement camps.

Yesterday, the angry villagers led by their area MP Ibrahim Sane said it was a pity the commission which spent millions of tax payers’ money conducting investigations is yet to release its finding and recommendations.

Nine policemen were also killed in the violence.

Speaking in Garsen town in Tana Delta district, the MP claimed there is a plot to sabotage the commission and its report.

Sane said the commission seemed reluctant to release its findings.

The legislator said the people of Tana were eager to known the causes of the clashes and the people behind the killings.

“We believe there is sabotage because the commission asked for more time and were given only for us to hear that justice Nzioka and her report were all car jacked,” he added referring to the violence against the former judge.

He said canning the report was akin to misuse of public funds.

“If the commission fails to issue the report immediately then it misused public resources and should be investigated,” he added.

The clashes that begun last year in August also resulted in the destruction of more than 2500 houses.

Last month the Judges and Magistrate Vetting board declared that Justice Nzioka was unfit for the job due to delays in issuing her judgments and also questioned the manner in which she was treating lawyers in court.

Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo who visited the region at the height of the violence promised that no stone would be left unturned in the quest for justice.

"We will deal with them. There should not be impatience," he said.

- CAJ News


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