The Star (Nairobi)

24 November 2012

Kenya: Raila Blasts KDF Over Their Role in Garissa Mayhem

Prime Minister Raila Odinga yesterday lashed out at KDF soldiers who harassed members of the public after three of their colleagues were killed by unknown criminals in Garissa.

Raila was touring Garissa following the killings and destruction of property took place. He said those soldiers who were involved in the mayhem that led to the death of a chief and a woman while leaving scores injured and property worth millions of shillings destroyed are criminals.

"As much as we are condemning the killing of security officers, that was not an excuse for KDF to vent their anger on innocent civilians. Those who are responsible will surely face the law," he said.

The PM who also visited the Garissa general hospital to condole with victims who are still nursing their injuries. He said patients with serious injuries would be airlifted to Nairobi for further treatment and that government would offset the bill.

He also said that he had instructed special programmes minister Ester Murungi to tour the area and see the damage caused by members of KDF in a bid to compensate the victims.

The PM who was accompanied by deputy speaker Farah Maalim, Nothern Kenya minister Mohamed Elmi and nominated MP Milly Odhiambo urged area residents to cooperate with security agents saying that it was the only way to beat terror.

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