Sabahi (Washington, DC)

13 January 2013

Kenya: Tana River Delta Leaders Outline Security Necessities

Leaders in Kenya's Tana River Delta called for peace on Saturday (January 12th), saying the government should replace intelligence services that have failed to prevent violence, Kenya's Daily Nation reported.

"The current intelligence network has failed the government," said Garsen lawmaker Danson Mungatana. "Even after more than 1,000 police officers were sent to the delta, they have failed to provide early warnings to avert attacks. They have to be removed and fresh officers deployed."

Mungatana and former ambassador Hussein Dhadho pledged to hold joint rallies to call for peace and for members of the Orma and Pokomo communities to engage in dialogue to prevent further bloodshed, as 200 people have died and 34,000 have been displaced due the violence so far.

The leaders are expected to meet with Internal Security Minister Katoo ole Metito on Monday before holding peace meetings beginning Tuesday.

Dhadho said the attacks may be influenced by outsiders and the government should expand its operations to find those responsible.

Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka said the government would do everything it can to prevent further violence in the area, but called on citizens to co-operate.

"We must protect the innocent. We must prosecute the perpetrators and executors of these heinous acts whoever they are," he said according to Kenya's The Standard. "However, the lasting solution comes within you as a community."

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