3 May 2008

Kenya: Probe Torture Claims in Mt Elgon, Says NGO

Nairobi — Human rights groups have appealed for fresh investigation into torture claims in the troubled Mt Elgon District.

This follows a prison sergeant's complaints of having been tortured by army officers undertaking the operations.

The Western Kenya Human Rights Watch Executive Director Joab Bwonya challenged the Government to come clean on the continued claims of torture.

"We have been crying over torture but we have been dismissed. Now they have tortured a disciplined officer, who has come out publicly. We want action to be taken now," he said.

Sergeant Moses Juma, based at Bungoma GK Prison, claimed army officers tortured him even after he had identified himself.

His body has fresh wounds and deep cuts, which he claims he sustained at Chesikaki army base in Mt Elgon.

Juma said the army officers accused him of habouring a criminal, Henry Ndiwa.

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