Kenya: State Told to Probe Killings



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KWALE leaders want the national government to investigate the killing of about 14 people in the area. It is suspected they were killed by Kenya Wildlife Service rangers.
The leaders said residents have been living in fear after they were threatened not to report the matter.
On Saturday, the leaders led by Mackinnon Road MCA Ahmed Musa told Deputy President William Ruto that KWS officials in the area have been harassing residents who border Tsavo National Park and threatening to kill them should they report the matter to the police.
“We have tried to follow up the matter but no solution has been reached to date,” he said.
He was speaking at Kinagoni Secondary School.
Last month Samburu MCA Chirema Kombo said residents are living in fear following the killing of 15 herdsmen, who they suspect were killed by KWS officers.
Chirema’s statement in the assembly was supported by MCAs.
“Majority of those killed has been mistakenly linked to elephant poaching yet there is no proof to ascertain such allegations,” he said.
Leaders accused KWS officials of poaching and then using locals as a scapegoat.
Kwale county KWS officer Mohamed Kheir yesterday said he had no information on the matter since Kinango borders Tsavo East National Park.
Kinango subcounty commissioner Moses Ivuto told the Star that locals have not reported the matter to the police.
“We cannot investigate something that has not been reported. We are willing to help them,” he said.