Human rights lobby probing injustices in Turkana

Human rights lobby probing injustices in Turkana

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) on Tuesday conducted a public hearing in Turkana County to establish the injustices and human rights abuse against the residents over the years.

During the hearing, residents of Kapedo and Lokichar accused the commission of failing to help them achieve security and political stability despite it conducting similar hearings, preparing and handing over reports to authorities.

The residents say that they want action taken upon the completion of the hearing by KNCHR saying that most crimes in the area are perpetrated by banditry and retaliatory attacks by cattle rustlers from the neighbouring counties.

Mark Elukudi, a resident of Lokichar, noted that even as journalists play their part in highlighting their (residents’) plight, no solution has been found.

KNCHR chair, Kagwiria Mbogori, assured the residents that the commission will consider all their views, complaints, and recommendations in coming up with a lasting solution to the issues raised.

The residents want the government to carry out a disarmament exercise in the area in order to address insecurity.

Turkana Governor, Josephat Nanok, who had accompanied the commissioners, expressed his concerns over the suffering of Turkana people despite there being a substantive government in office.

He noted that Turkanas living in Isiolo, Laikipia, Kitale, and Eldoret have been denied identity cards.

Nanok called on the commission to address the matter and ensure those of requisite age receive ID cards.

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