11 January 2013

Kenya: Police Link MPs Mungatana, Dado to Persistent Violence

Police have linked two politicians to the violence at the Tana Delta. Garsen MP Danson Mungatana and retired diplomat Hussein Dado are under police investigations over the violence that has led to the death of close to 200 people.

CID director Francis Muhoro Ndegwa yesterday said the police are investigating another suspect identified as Ali Wario and have charged Abbas Hussein, a security manager at the Kenya Ports Authority and Asha Murua over the Tana Delta clashes.

Yesterday, Muhoro told the commission investigating the Tana Delta violence that the clashes are politically motivated. He said the police have established that the killings and burning of houses is aimed at evicting members of the Pokomo community from areas perceived to be strongholds of the Orma and Wadei communities.

Muhoro said CID had established that the number of Wardei and Orma communities who registred as voters in Tana Delta was about 18,000 out of the 320,000 registered voters.

"It is an attempt to push out some people from the area," Ndegwa told the commission. Muhoro said the CID has investigated the politicians but do not have enough evidence to connect them to the violence.

They only have circumstantial evidence and are yet to prosecute them, he added. Muhoro admitted that the CID was lax in investigating the murders, arson and forceful evictions in the Tana Delta.

He was put to task by commissioner Emily Ominde who asked why the police have failed to conduct postmortems on the dead. Muhoro told the commission that the police face serious challenges such as lack of resources which lead to poor performance.

He said none of the people killed in the three attacks in Tana Delta were examined by a pathologist to establish the cause of death but stated many were attacked with crude weapons.

The Police were further put on the spotlight after it emmerged that none of the information received by the Tana Delta District Security Committee was forwarded to the CID despite weighty security matters having been discussed.

The commission demanded to know why top millitary officers linked to the violence have not been arrested and prosecuted. It demanded an explanation on why the police had not investigations claims that bullets used in the attacks originated from the Kenya Ordinance Factory.

Ominde said the commission heard that some of the attackers were issued with AK47 and G3 rifles by the financiers of the violence. Ndegwa said the two issues had not been brought to his attention despite being serious security matters that could not be addressed at the District level.

He said there was a security lapse in passing of information from the ground to the senior police commands. Dado is said to be a governor aspirant.

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