KNCHR to carry out public inquiry on North Rift insecurity

May 3, 2016 3:28 pm
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Chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori said on Tuesday said that the regions including the Coast and the Northeast are the most affected with over 3,000 deaths having been reported in the last three years/FILE
Chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori said on Tuesday said that the regions including the Coast and the Northeast are the most affected with over 3,000 deaths having been reported in the last three years/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 3 – The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights will conduct a public inquiry from May 9 to June 10 2016 to establish the nature and causes of perennial insecurity in the North Rift.

Chairperson Kagwiria Mbogori said on Tuesday said that the regions including the Coast and the Northeast are the most affected with over 3,000 deaths having been reported in the last three years.

“The regions have been a stage of yet to be resolved cyclic conflict and pose a threat to the security in other parts of the country,” said Mbogori.

The inquiry will have sittings and hearings in various centres in Baringo, East Pokot, West Pokot, and Turkana counties to ensure the enjoyment of fundamental freedoms as envisioned in the Constitution.

“The findings, results and recommendations will be published and shared with key and relevant players in both public and private institutions for remedial action,” stated Mbogori.

The commission has also deployed several investigative missions to determine causes of the increased insecurity incidences in the north rift region and its consequences.

“The inquiry will help raise awareness as well as promote the debate on the obligations of the State as to the right to security of the person and property,” cited Mbogori.

The victims and witnesses to conflicts have also been urged to come out and testify, with the commission assuring them of their protection.

A report by the commission showed that in reference to the three regions, at least 1,894 deaths recorded were from gunshot wounds creating fears of the proliferation of weapons, 574 ethnic clashes, 260 robberies, 277 terror attacks and in these events, not less than 91 police officers killed.

Consequently, 180,000 people were displaced and 3,682 livestock stolen.

“The commission will seek appropriate redress measures for victims and survivors, said Mbogori, “including calling for accountability of the violators of human rights based on our findings and recommendations.”

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