, NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 9- Mandera leaders arrested earlier on Thursday over the mass graves claim are still defiant and have vowed to continue demanding answers on missing people in the region.
Led by Senator Billow Kerrow, the leaders say even after apologizing on the anxiety caused about the mass graves claim, they will not stop demanding answers from the government on dozens of missing people.
“Personally and all of us as leaders believe the residents of Mandera had a reason to suspect there was a mass grave because a lot of people are missing,” he stated after hours of grilling at the CID headquarters.
“As a leader we get complaints of people who are missing on a daily basis.”
The senator was asked to record a statement over his claims of existence of mass graves and for linking the Kenya Defence Forces to the killings and disappearances in the area.
Kerrow and three other legislators were picked up from Wilson Airport on arrival from Mandera before they were taken to the CID headquarters for questioning.
Those arrested were Mandera West MP Mohamed Mohamud, Mandera East MP Hussein Ali and Lafey MP Shaaban Ali.
The Mandera Senator says he intends to seek legal opinion on allegations by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery that he supports terrorism.
“I will seek legal advice from my lawyers. The CS stated that I lead a group that is determined to destroy this nation and that I am a leader of a group that support terror networks,” he said.
“I actually thinking of taking a legal action against the individual himself… and not the government.”
An excavation of the alleged mass grave sites in Mandera did not yield any other body apart from the one belonging to a woman, whom police believe was an Al Shabaab member.
The Mandera West legislator on his part condemned their arrest saying they will not be intimidated.
“That action by police is uncalled for and will not be tolerated…we think that is high level of intimidation,” he said. “We heard his statement and he was threatening us.”