19 February 2013

Kenya: Youth Being Trained to Cause Chaos ? TJRC

The Truth Justice and Reconciliation Commission has raised the alarm that scores of youth are undergoing training to cause violence during the March 4 elections.

"The commission has been visiting communities but reports indicate that the youth are not at the villages. They are not at school or at work and the suspicion is that they are undergoing training to cause havoc," said TJRC vice chair Tecla Namachanja.

She blamed politicians for misusing the youth. "We do not want politicians to use our blood as a platform to attain to the highest positions. Kenyans have shed a lot of blood. Politicians should base their campaigns on issues not divide Kenyans. The youth should say no to fighting," Namachanja said.

She said youth in Mount Elgon are undergoing training in Uganda while those in Tana River are training at Ozi Forest. "The military should be deployed at Ozi forest to deal with the illegal groups. This week, the commission will meet candidates in Mt Elgon to find a solution to the problem," said Namachanja.

She was speaking to the press at Kenyatta Caves in Wundanyi during a ceremony to honour Silvia Manga Mwakio and Mengo Woresha who played a significant role in the struggle for independence.

Mwakio and Woresha hid freedom fighters in the Kino Cave (Kenyatta Cave) to avoid arrest by the colonial government. Namachanja said Nyanza province is on the spotlight over violence.

"We are worried about Nyanza, keeping in mind what was witnessed during the nominations," she said adding that politicians should hold their supporters responsible.

Namachanja said TJRC will present its final report by May 3. She said the commission will not seek extension of its period. "Within the mandate, the commission has come up with recommendations and guidelines on how implementation of the report will be done by the government," she said.

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