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Post-poll raiders ‘worked in shifts’



By ALPHONCE SHIUNDU

Daily Nation

Sunday, August 10 2008 at 20:59

In Summary

  • Militias were given food, weapons and allowances during the fighting
  • Raiders are said to have been paid between Sh100 and Sh3,000 each, money sourced from businessmen, politicians and fund-raisers.

The post-election violence early this year was organised and executed with military precision, a human rights report says.

Leaders and communities are said to have provided food, transport and allowances for the militias.

In some areas, the raiders are said to have been organised to fight in six-hour shifts before coming together to wrap up the attack mission at night.

This is contained in a Kenya National Commission on Human Rights preliminary edition of a report titled , “On the Brink of Precipice: A human Rights Account of Kenya’s Post-2007 Election Violence”, and released on Friday. The report details how the violence was planned and executed.

“During the course of the fighting, we would see vehicles, land cruisers, carrying food and water to our opponents,” the report quotes one fighter.

The raiders are said to have been paid between Sh100 and Sh3,000 each, money sourced from businessmen, politicians and fund-raisers.

According to the 159-page report, the attackers operated in groups of about 100. But before reaching their target; they would split into groups of 20, each with a specific role – chasing away property owners, looting, torching houses and even killing.

MPs, both sitting and former, are among 200 people mentioned as having contributed to the chaos.

But KNCHR boss Florence Jaoko was categorical that being mentioned in the report did not necessarily amount to an accusation of involvement, but rather an indicator to the police and the Attorney General on where to focus their investigations.

Supported findings

The report will be presented to the Waki Commission on post-election violence, the AG, the Prime Minister, the minister for Justice, and the President, beginning this week.

And a human rights lobby Sunday supported findings of the Government-funded rights group.

Programme director of the Centre Against Torture, David Koros, while speaking in Eldoret, said the information in the KNCHR’s report corroborated its findings.



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