Villagers refuse to return home as GSU comb Tana

September 15, 2012 5:41 pm

“We have received some assistance, but we still do not have food. We have escaped from our homes because we fear the Pokomos will attack us,” one resident said.

There were counter accusations from both communities, with each saying they did not feel secure after the killings of 107 people in one of the worst ethnic animosities reported here since 2001.

“This used to be my home but I cannot stay here anymore… I will be killed,” Galgalo Abdi said.

And even as the communities continued to flee their homes, GSU officers were only seen at police stations and market centres at Tarassa, Garsen, Kilelengwani and other affected areas.

Some villagers were seen going about their businesses – with some Ormas trekking kilometres from their nomadic homes with their cattle in search of pasture.

Strangely, some carried arms as they guarded their cattle.

The Cabinet has resolved to have a judicial commission to investigate the root cause of the deadly violence which has cost an area Member of Parliament Dadho Godhana his job after he was accused of inciting the warring communities.

Godhana has since appeared in court charged for inciting the communities, but he has denied the charges.

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