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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Wagalla Massacre Secrets Unraveling

I'm late in getting to John Oywa's Wagalla expose but I guess it still warrants a post unto itself. The writer sheds light on the gruesome events of 1984 and how it played out across the complex chain of command in place then.

Anyone who is been following this story should definately read his article here:

Documents seen by The Standard on Saturday and which have been tabled before the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission which is trying to unravel the truth about the bloody operation that shocked the world, show a tale of intrigues and a series of undercover events that could shed light into how a planned security operation to recover firearms and discipline members of a clan in Wajir District went awry.Twenty-seven years after the killings that the United Nations once described as the worst form of human rights abuse in Kenya, many questions remain unanswered.Last week, the Wagalla ghosts hovered in the horizon after witnesses to the TJRC, former senior government officials and members of the powerful and secretive Kenya Intelligence Committee (KIC) who visited the district a day before the killings, distanced themselves from the deadly security operation.Frequent attacksSome members of the KIC had denied ever holding a meeting in Wajir, leave alone meeting the local District Security Committee.It has now emerged that the decision to round up the Degodia clansmen who had been accused of frequent attacks against their Adjuran neighbours was issued by the Wajir District Security Committee on February 9, 1984, a day after the KIC delegation that included four Permanent Secretaries had left Wajir.
While the report does not conclusively prove the culpability of the accused, who've been pathologically incapable of taking responsibility for their actions, it does corroborate some of the testimonies given by witnesses and experts. 
On a related matter, here are few more links on the massacre that have made it to the dailies in the past few days. You'll find them insightful albeit depressing.


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