UN demands action to end Bungoma killings

May 10, 2013 1:40 pm
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Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has carried out transfers of officers in the region and Deputy President William Ruto has mandated the deployment of additional security resources to the area/DPPS
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has carried out transfers of officers in the region and Deputy President William Ruto has mandated the deployment of additional security resources to the area/DPPS

, NAIROBI, Kenya, May 10 – The United Nations (UN) Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator Modibo Toure has called on the government to scale up its efforts in stopping the attacks that have recently rocked Busia and Bungoma County.

“Cognisant of the recent security incidents in Tana River County, I would like to urge the government to take appropriate action to promptly stem the insecurity in Busia and Bungoma in line with applicable international and domestic standards on protection of civilians and respect for human rights,” a statement from Toure reads.

While acknowledging the effort already put in by the government in curbing the insecurity that has rocked the Western part of the country in the last two weeks, Toure urged the government to scale up its efforts especially on the humanitarian front.

“I would also like to urge the government to ensure the provision of assistance to the affected people and support them in rebuilding their livelihoods,” Toure’s statement read.

Toure condemned the stabbing attacks that have left nine dead and hundreds of others injured and called on the government to quickly identify those responsible for the attacks and bring them to book.

“Tension in the area remains high and residents are apprehensive as the motive behind the indiscriminate attacks is unknown. Livelihoods and ordinary activities have been brought to a standstill,” Toure said in his statement.

The government has in this effort offered Sh100,000 for information that will lead to the speedy capture of the perpetrators of the stabbings, the Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has carried out transfers of officers in the region and Deputy President William Ruto has mandated the deployment of additional security resources to the area.

Adding its voice to that of the UN, the Senate National Security and Foreign Relations Committee has summoned the top security brass over the insecurity, as Ruto called in County Commissioners from Western Kenya over the issue.

On April 29 a gang moved from village-to-village stabbing residents in Bungoma county of Western Kenya and committing other sadistic attacks such as spraying residents with acid. Two days later a similar attack took place in Busia county resulting in two deaths.

Area leaders have denied being behind the attacks and although area police initially thought robbery was the motive behind the attacks, that has not been ascertained.

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