Kenya: Army can be used to crush feud

2012-09-12 22:20


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Nairobi - Kenya's parliament passed a motion urging the government to deploy the military to the country's southeast where a feud between two tribes has killed more than 100 in three weeks, including nine police officers.

Dunson Mungatana, the Member of Parliament for the Garsen constituency, said on Wednesday that police were overwhelmed by the fighting between the Orma, a semi-nomadic livestock-herding tribe, and the Pokomo, a farming community.

Another legislator opposed the measure, saying the army is not trained to deal with such domestic disputes and can be brutal to civilians.

The UN and Red Cross says on the surface the feud between the two communities appears to be over land and water resources but other causes could be the redrawing of political boundaries and rising tensions due to next year's general elections.

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