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Kenya killings draw censure

NAIROBI, Kenya, April 22 – The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has condemned Monday’s spate violence in Karatina that left 29 people dead.

Vice-Chairman Hassan Omar Hassan described it as a gross violation of the fundamental right to life.

He urged the government to move with speed and deal with the perpetrators of the violence.

 “A fundamental human right is that one of life. We as the KNCHR do not support any violation of this right either by the police or by outlawed groups,” Mr Hassan said.

“It is important that strong action is taken against those who infringe on the right to life.”

He also said that lawful security measures need to be put in place to ensure that such incidents do not recur.

 “We need to put in a measure that is going to stop any such killings by outlawed gangs,” he said.

Meanwhile, Mathira Member of Parliament Ephraim Maina has stressed the need to beef up security in the Karatina following violent attacks.

Mr Maina said that no one should be permitted to take the law into their own hands and urged residents to exercise patience as investigations proceed.

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The Monday’s slaughter began when the people of Karatina tried to flush out the militiamen among them.

“There is no question of any unregistered group going around undertaking any mission be it security or any other thing,” the Mathira legislator said.

The MP however cautioned the public against drawing conclusions about perpetrators of the violence before investigations are complete.

“This is a serious social matter. Nothing like this has ever happened. There is no question of people crossing from one area to the other area for purposes of undertaking any mission,” he said.

Police have so far nabbed 63 suspects following the incident.

On Tuesday President Mwai Kibaki ordered the Minister for Internal Security George Saitoti to get to the root cause of the killings in the Mathira Division of Central Province.

The Minister was due to visit the area on Wednesday to assess the security situation and also meet survivors of the vicious attack.

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