News 2008


Killings And Displacement Continue in Areas Hit By Ethnic Violence


Catholic Information Service for Africa (Nairobi)

11 March 2008


Tension was still high on Tuesday in Laikipia West District, Molo and Mt Elgon districts as the spectre of inter-ethnic violence refused to go away.

Rumuruti parish priest Fr Francis Mino Vaccari told CISA that the situation there was worsening. "We are sheltering more than 400 people in parish centres. Last night, four people were killed and the
[provincial administration] are not doing anything about it. We are very dissatisfied with their services. In fact, some of these people seem to be happy with what is happening."

Fr Vaccari said that in some areas like Ain, Mifugo and Mutamaiyu, members of a certain community had been completely evicted.

Humanitarian aid provided by the Red Cross and the parish was however, inadequate, the priest said.

CISA reporter in Nakuru said that in Molo, unplanned killings are taking place creating a lot of tension despite the peace. "If a Kikuyu or a Kalenjin finds themselves in a Kikuyu or Kalenjin dominated area they are killed."

In Mt Elgon, the government deployed the army, General Security Service and paramilitary on Sunday to fight the Sabaot Land Defence Force (SLDF). The SLDF has spread its raids to Trans Nzoia and Bungoma districts.

Last week, 10 people were killed and some 38 houses torched, according to media reports. Residents accuse the police of little action.

The internally displaced people want President Mwai Kibaki and Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga to address their plight through resettlement.