13 September 2012

Kenya: Cabinet Okays Judicial Probe Into Tana Killings

A judicial commission of inquiry will now probe the Tana River conflict. The cabinet on Thursday ordered the established of the commission, which will ... ( Resource: Inquiry Commission on Tana Killings Setup in Kenya

Nairobi — The Cabinet on Thursday ordered the establishment of a judicial commission of inquiry to probe the Tana Delta conflict that has left over 100 people dead within three weeks.

The commission which will be required to hand in a report within the next one month is to be chaired by a judge, according to a dispatch from the Presidential Press Service following Thursday's Cabinet meeting at State House, Nairobi.

"The meeting noted with deep concern the situation obtaining in the Tana River County and regretted the loss of life and property that has been inflicted upon local communities. It directed that a Judicial Commission of Inquiry to be headed by a judge to expeditiously spearhead investigations into the conflict and report within 30 days," the statement read.

During the meeting, the government also agreed that those who will be linked to the clashes should be arrested and charged.

It further supported the deployment of additional security officers to the Tana Delta to restore peace and security and also agreed that humanitarian aid be extended to the victims.

"It supported the deployment of additional security officers to the Tana Delta and the decision to impose a curfew."

The government also called for urgent peace initiatives to ensure differences and warring in the area comes to an end the soonest possible, "It supported the intensification of peace and reconciliation efforts including urgent recovery of stolen ammunitions."

The discussion by the Cabinet came in the wake of fresh aggression in the Tana Delta that has topped the scores of people killed in the three week long violence.

On Wednesday, the government deployed over 1,000 newly recruited GSU officers to restore calm in Tana River.

Four people were killed in Tana River on Tuesday morning, just a day after 38 others - including nine regular police officers - were massacred in revenge attacks over the earlier massacre of 53 other villagers.

Rival members of the Pokomo and Orma communities have been fighting over grazing grounds and water, leading to the deaths of people from both communities.

Thousands who include men, women and children have been displaced since the fighting started.

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