19 February 2013

Kenya: Law Society Quits Rogo Task Force

THE government has been accused of frustrating the task force appointed to investigate the murder of Muslim cleric Aboud Rogo in Mombasa. The team's sittings have stalled since last year November after representatives from the law society resigned citing frustration.

Chairman Mombasa law society of Kenya Eric Nyongesa and formers LSK chairman Mohammed Balala tabled their resignation is what they termed as lack of will from the government to resolve the murder.

The team was due to present their report the director of public prosecution Keriako Tobiko on January 16. "We decided to quit after the government failed to show any commitment of facilitating the team activities it was unfortunate," he told the star.

However, the task force was unable to conclude whether the execution was done by the government agents, international interests or possible factions within the Al-Qaeda and Al Shabaab militia groups.

Tobiko had formed a team drawn from the police, Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, LSK and the Independent Police Oversight Authority headed by deputy DPP Jacob Ondari.

Among the proposal from the team is to have a secretariat setup near the scene of crime where the slain Muslim cleric was executed along the Mombasa Malindi highway near Pirates beach.

"We wanted a neutral zone to conduct our activities not the deputy DPP office where the sitting were being carried," said another senior member of the team

"The team lacked money for run its activities, publishing advertisement in the media houses to appeal for witnesses to appear before the team because of the sensitivity of the matter," he added.

Questions have also been raised about the transfer of Kisauni criminal intelligence officer Bernedict Kigen from Mombasa to Isiolo before the team concluded their investigation.

Kigeni was among senior police officers who appeared before the team and grilled over Rogo's mysterious execution by unknown assailants. He was later replaced by shadrack Juma.

The 11-member team was appointed to investigate the murder of Rogo and also uncover other acts of criminality that included the burning of churches and killing of police officers during demonstrations in Mombasa following the death of the cleric.

Rogo died in a hail of bullets as he, his father, his wife and one of their children were driving towards Mombasa from their home in Mtwapa. He was killed on August 27 in Mombasa when unidentified gunmen opened fire on his vehicle.

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