, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 7 – A section of MPs from Mandera are demanding thorough investigations into the alleged discovery of a mass grave in the county.
The MPs spoke at a news conference following the discovery of a woman’s body that was buried in a shallow grave, sparking fears that there could be more bodies around the place. Mandera County Commissioner Fredrick Shisia has confirmed the Sunday discovery of the woman’s body and pledged more investigations but has dismissed reports of a mass grave.
Led by Mandera County Senator Billow Kerrow and Mandera West MP Mohammud Mohammed, the legislators however, claimed that security officers in the region have been arresting and sometimes abducting residents who are often taken to unknown destinations.
“We want a thorough investigation conducted to know the truth, the public must know how those people were killed and buried in shallow graves. If it is extra judicial killings it must be investigated and action taken,” Mohammed demanded.
Kerrow threatened to petition the United Nations and the International Criminal Court over the matter if the President will not act on alleged recent cases of extra judicial killings in Northern Kenya.
“As leaders from the region, we will take action. We agreed to work together with the government to stem the cases of radicalization but with the way things are going, we don’t think we will succeed, not when the very government that wants information from the residents if the one that is abducting and torturing them,” he said.
Even though the legislators insist there was a mass grave in Mandera, the County Commissioner said they have applied for a court order to confirm if there are two more bodies near yesterday’s scene.
Shisia said the body of a woman was discovered in a shallow grave on Sunday, and that an investigation has been launched at the site which appears to have two more graves, which he said can only be dug once a court order has been obtained.
Police headquarters have denied claims of extrajudicial killings but assured that an investigation will be conducted on the killings.
Residents on Sunday discovered two shallow graves containing several bodies while searching for a missing mother of five, who they later found dead and buried in a shallow grave.
At least ten bodies were discovered at the village located a few kilometres from Kenya’s border with Somalia.
Kerrow and Mohammed however told journalists that about 25 freshly dug graves were discovered, the police have not provided a definite number of bodies found the mass graves.