Resource Fight Behind Tana Ethnic Violence


more about geneva;”>The report was presented to the President by the Commission chairperson Lady Justice Grace Nzioka on Wednesday at State House, Nairobi.

The Judicial Commission appointed by the immediate former President Mwai Kibaki was mandated to investigate the ethnic violence that occurred in Tana Delta districts with a view of establishing the origin, the probable, the immediate and the underlying causes of the violence.

Hundreds including Policemen were killed early this year in a spate of bloody ethnic clashes in Tana.

It also was tasked with looking into the action taken by law enforcement agencies with respect to incidents of crime arising out of or committed in the course of the said ethnic violence and the effectiveness of the actions taken.

The report presented to President Kenyatta identifies conflict over resources as one of the major causes of the ethnic violence that rocked Tana Delta and recommends prosecution of the perpetrators.

During the ceremony, the President thanked the Commission for a job well done despite the challenges faced and assured Kenyans that the government will study the report and take the appropriate action.

In attendance were Attorney General Prof. Githu Muigai and Head of Public Service and Secretary to Cabinet Mr. Francis Kimemia among other senior government officials.


Later, President Kenyatta met with the Kenya Red Cross Board members where he reaffirmed his government’s commitment to improving disaster management in the country.

The Head of State said the government will work with the Kenya Red cross Society and other humanitarian agencies in serving Kenyans in distress.

He noted that the government currently is providing the necessary support to Kenyans affected by floods in various parts of the country.

The President acknowledged the significant role the Kenya Red Cross has played in the management of the current floods in the country. He added that the Society has played a significant role in the management of the current floods where it has provided non-food items to the victims and in evacuation of people marooned by water.

President Kenyatta noted with appreciation the active role played by the Society in responding to disasters whenever they occur in the country saying in recognition, the government appointed it to manage the implementation the Relief and Recovery Operation services in Tana River, Garissa, Makueni, Kilifi, Kwale and Baringo counties.

He commended the Society for its active role in responding to disasters both natural and man-made whenever and wherever they occurred in the country.

The President said, “The Red Cross Society continues to partner and complement government’s efforts in preventing and alleviating the consequences of disasters across the country.”

He said the government in collaboration with the Society was developing the country’s National Disaster management Policy.

The Policy, the President said, will not only provide the coordination framework in the management of disasters in the country but strengthen the system through improved response and recovery management at all levels.

During the occasion, President Kenyatta was crowned as the patron of the Kenya Red Cross Society. The symbolic badge was presented to the President by the Society’s Secretary General Dr. Abbas Gullet.

During the meeting, the society’s chairman Dr. Mohamud Said briefed the Head of State the various programs Red Cross is undertaking in the country to respond to disasters that occur from time to time.

In attendance were the Society board members and PS Special Programmes Mr. Andrew Mondoh among other senior government officials.


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