CID summon lawmaker over Tana killings

September 5, 2012 2:07 pm
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“We expect him here to record a statement,” Criminal Investigations Department chief Ndegwa Muhoro said/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 5 – Police have now summoned Galole MP Dhado Godhana to record a statement over last month’s violence in Tana River that led to the deaths of 52 people.

Godhana has been ordered to appear at the CID headquarters in Nairobi on Thursday to write a statement on what he knows about the violence.

“We expect him here to record a statement,” Criminal Investigations Department chief Ndegwa Muhoro said.

“This is part of the investigation we are carrying out on the cause of the violence in Tana River,” Muhoro said.

The investigation stems from a directive issued by acting Internal Security Minister Yusuf Haji who accused the MP of failing to attend key security meetings at the ministry after the killings.

Soon after Godhana was implicated in the violence, he addressed a press conference and said Haji too needed to be investigated.

He denied claims he was involved in causing the violence.

At least 52 people were killed when the Orma and Pokomo communities clashed over grazing grounds and water.

Police said the attacks were perpetrated by the Pokomos who were against their Orma neighbours inhabiting parts of Tana River.

At least 10 suspects – including five chiefs – were arrested soon after the violence and charged in court.

They however denied involvement in instigating the violence or participating in any way.

After the deadly violence was reported, the government intensified security in the area – including establishing a police post.

“We are satisfied with the security arrangement on the ground now and we do not expect similar occurrences,” Coast provincial police chief Aggrey Adoli said.

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