Kenya arrests politicians over their comments on mass graves

Kenya arrests six politicians from Mandera County following their comments they have made on discovered mass graves in Muslim-majority northeastern province

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A Kenyan riot policeman points a gun at students outside the university

Six politicians from north-eastern Mandera County in Kenya have been arrested following the comments they have made about the discovered mass grave in the region.

More than 10 lawmakers from northern Kenya accused the Kenya Defence Force (KDF) for extrajudicial killings of Muslim-majority northeastern province on Monday in the press briefing.

Mandera Senator Billow Kero is currently at the Kenya Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) headquarters in Nairobi for questioning.

One of those lawmakers, Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow, held a press briefing on Monday and has said, “We even know the individual KDF members involved in the kidnapping, disappearance and killing of our people, and we will stop at nothing short of individual accountability.’’

Five other MPs have also been arrested by Kenyan police for making "unnecessary" and "alarming" comments.

Kenyan security forces discovered at least a dozen mass graves on Sunday in the Kenyan Muslim-majority northeastern province.

The Human Rights Watch report released in 2014 says that ‘’There is strong evidence that Kenya’s Anti-Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) carried out a series of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances. Human Rights Watch also found evidence of arbitrary arrests and mistreatment of terrorism suspects in detention.’’

Mohammed Ali, one of Kenya’s top independent investigative journalists discovered that over 1,500 Kenyan citizens have been killed by the police since 2009 until September 2015.

TRTWorld and agencies