25 September 2012

Kenya: GSU Chief Defends Tana Security Swoop

Security personnel have vowed to continue disarming Tana Delta residents despite protests from human rights groups and Garsen MP Danson Mungatana alleging mistreatment.

General Service Unit senior assistant commissioner of police in charge of the operations Anthony Kamitu dismissed the claims and asked the groups to ignore the protests by the locals.

"Where were these human rights organisations when people were being butchered in cold-blood? Why did they wait until we began our job? It is now very clear that they are using all means to frustrate our operations and that shall not be accepted," he said. "Human rights and democratic space should be respected in the process. We want the compensation of the village that is said to have been burnt down by police officers in hunt for militias," Mungatana told a Coast land conference organised by Muhuri.

Coast provincial police boss Aggrey Adoli however, said the disarmament will go on until the firearms stolen from the police are recovered. "Five firearms have been recovered from Orma community, Wardei have given the police three firearms and Pokomo have given none," said Adoli on the phone.

"Work is going on. There is calm. Yesterday we found them arriving in buses at Kilelengwani and Dide Waride, many others should come and continue with their normal activities," said Kamitu. KNHCR chairman Samuel Kipngetich Arap Tororei toured the area at the weekend asked police to conduct the disarmament in a humane manner.

"The real sponsors of the violence have not been brought to book. Godhana has been arrested for the remarks he made on TV out of anger. The real culprits must be brought to book for the conflict to end," Mungatana added. More than 120 people have been killed in the violence that has rocked the Tana Delta. The violence is between the Orma and Pokomo communities. Thousands have fled their homes.

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