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Waki team to hold meetings in western Kenya

NAIROBI, August 2- The Commission of inquiry into post-election violence (CIPEV) will next week move its public hearings to Western Kenya.

In a statement, Commission chairman Justice Phillip Waki said the team will hold sittings in Eldoret from August 5 to 7 before visiting Kitale and Kakamega on August 8

The team will then move to Kisumu from August 11 to the 13, after which it will conduct hearings in Kisii on August 14 and 15.

The three towns recorded the highest number of internally displaced persons following the post election crisis. The areas were also listed as trouble spot during the post election crisis.

The commission this week received testimonies from residents in Naivasha, Nakuru and Molo.

The Commission, which was set up in May, was mandated to investigate the causes of the post election violence that rocked the country earlier this year and recommend ways of curbing the same in future.

It is also tasked to investigate commissions and omissions on the part of security agencies in quelling the skirmishes that claimed the lives of 1,500 people and displaced nearly 350,000 others.

The Commission sitting at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre (KICC) has heard evidence from the Chief of General Staff Jeremiah Kianga, National Security Intelligence Services Director-General Major General Michael Gichangi and Police Commissioner Major General Mohammed Hussein Ali.

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Others who have testified at the commission include the Administration Police Commandant Kinuthia Mbugua, Internal Security Permanent Secretary Francis Kimemia and representatives of human rights organizations.

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