5 January 2013

Kenya: Tana Delta Probe Report Out Next Week

Photo: Capital FM/File
Locals wounded (file photo): Fresh attacks have erupted at Nduru division near Ijara, in Tana Delta.

The Judicial Commission appointed by President Mwai Kibaki to probe the Tana river County clashes has assured Kenyans they would deliver a conclusive report that would help end clashes that led to the death of over 160 people.

A team of Commissioners ar compiling the final report to meet the January 10 deadline given by the Government to assist in the restoration of calm in an area that has witnessed brutal killings in the past three months.

Judicial Commission Chairperson Lady Justice Grace Nzioka yesterday told journalists their report would have tough recommendations that will not take long to be implemented in order to check constant attacks between the Orma and Pokomo communities.

Speaking on phone from Amboseli lodge, she said they were putting things in order so as to have the report ready for submission next week.

"Our recommendations shall not be like others which usually take long to be implemented, they shall take effect immediately ,"said the commission chairperson.

Lady Justice Nzioka said the report could either change its angle or have additional information after the Kipau attack that left 41 people dead two weeks ago.

She said they had visited Kipau after Christmas to investigate and compile evidence on the Kipau attack that was being evaluated for inclusion in the report.

"We are now evaluating the new evidence from Kipau, it may change the angle of our report or add up to what we have," she said.

She said they expect everything to be in place by the set date, adding that it was unfortunate that there had been fresh attacks in the area even before their report was released. She asked locals not to engage in retaliatory attacks as they strive to come up with a permanent solution to the problem.

She also sent a message of condolence to bereaved family members who were killed during the Kipau attack and called for calm so that communities may continue living peacefully.

"We want to bring peace in Tana river and that's why we have not rested ever since the commission was appointed, my team has been on the ground and decided to come to Amboseli which is remote and out of communication so as to bring out a report that shall help end the conflicts in the region," she said.

Lady Justice Nzioka, however, declined to say when preliminary information on their findings of their investigations would be released.

President Kibaki appointed the commission in November last year at the height of bloody clashes between Pokomo and Orma communities to investigate and come up with a report that would help restore peace between the two warring communities.

The commissioners interviewed locals and authorities in Tana Delta and upper Tana during their time of work.

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