5 December 2012

Kenya: Probe Violence, Gabow Says

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Marsabit leaders have urged the government to investigate "ethnic violence" that seems to have resurfaced. Assistant minister for Special Programme Mohamed Gabow said yesterday in Marsabit Sunday's bandit attack on women in Hulahula Bridge did not bode well for the county.

The MP said quick response by the Kenya Police Reservists saved the women from the four armed milita men. There has been a resurgence of violent attacks in Marsabit in the last four weeks. Two weeks ago two people were killed near the Badasa dam.

The Reservists engaged the bandits in a fierce fire exchange for hours before they managed to injure one suspect and handed him over to the police for investigation.

The leaders want the government to explore possible ways to find the source of the conflict in order to check whether the killings were politically or ethnically motivated.

The sentiments comes two days after armed bandits attacked women on their way to Marsabit district headquarter from their villages near Hulahula Bridge on Sunday.

Marsabit Central DC Kipchumba Rutto confirmed that the suspect had been handed over to the police for the investigation. Ruto said the KPR had engaged the bandits at Marsabit forest where they managed to overpower them and arrest the suspect after others fled.

The administrator said the suspect is admitted at Marsabit District Hospital where he is undergoing treatment. An demanded that the government investigate the motive behind the attacks.

The leaders are worried over resurgence of conflict where five people have been killed and three others injured in the last four weeks. Last week two people were killed and another left with serious gunshot wounds two days after employees of Badasa dam were attacked where one was killed and another injured.

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