Killings And Displacement
Continue in Areas Hit By Ethnic Violence
Catholic Information Service for
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
[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
The internally displaced people want President Mwai Kibaki and
Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga to address their
plight through resettlement.