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Haji demands Garissa attacks probe

By - | Published Mon, April 22nd 2013 at 00:00, Updated April 21st 2013 at 22:41 GMT +3

By Jacob Ng’etich

Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji has called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to form a Commission of Inquiry to investigate acts of lawlessness.

Mr Haji condemned cruelty visited on the county. By yesterday, ten people had died from last week’s gun attack at a Garissa hotel.

He said such heinous acts had reached an alarming rate and doubted if terrorists had orchestrated the attacks because they had targeted only the county. “If these are terrorist attacks, then we would be seeing them across the country. Why don’t we see them in places near Somalia like Wajir and Mandera? There is much more to this than meets the eye,” said Haji.

The Senator said the commission of inquiry would be able to identify what was wrong and recommend the way forward.

Malicious intention

He pointed a finger at the refugees in Dadaab and Ifo camps as likely perpetrators of the deadly attacks that have rocked Garissa for more than a year now. “I am just wondering aloud, could the refugees be involved? If not who then has such a malicious intention for the people of Garissa,” wondered the former Defence minister.

He said there was failure on the part of the police and Intelligence agents in pre-empting and averting the attacks before they happened.

“What is the work of the security operators in the county if they cannot investigate and bring the culprits to book? They could be the same people killing and terrorising in Garissa town,” said Haji.

Last Thursday night, three men armed with AK-47 rifles stormed a restaurant known as Kwa Chege and opened fire indiscriminately at patrons who were watching the 7pm news on television.