By PATRICK BEJA
The judicial commission of inquiry into Tana River ethnic clashes hit the road running on Monday when its members flew to the scene of crime to assess the situation.
The team headed by High Court judge Grace Nzioka was formally launched by Attorney General Githu Muigai at the Mombasa law court.
Prof Muigai said the team was expected to unearth the cause of the violence, action taken by police and recommend measures that would help Government prevent recurrence of a similar crime. The AG said the right of expression should not lead to war propaganda or hate speech as the country approaches the General Election.
“As we approach the election we should uphold the rule of law,” Muigai said.
He appealed to members of the public to share information with the commission to enable it discharge its mandate and unearth the underlying issues leading to the clashes.
During the launch, counsel assisting the commission, Mr Wamuti Ndegwa and Ms Ruth Luta, were sworn in. Internal Security minister Katoo ole Mitito said the ministry would support the commission and remain neutral during the proceedings.
Justice Nzioka promised to undertake the assignment with due diligence, commitment and dedication.
She said the ethnic violence was highly regrettable.
Also present were Assistant ministers Simeon Lesrima, Alfred Khang’ati, acting Internal Security PS Mutea Iringo and Mombasa resident judge John Mwera.