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Mt Elgon Women – “We Demand Justice For Our Husbands”

Nairobi November 3rd 2011 By Anthony Aisi – Women Crying in Mt. Elgon Massacre over their Husbands As Justice Takes long to prevail.

Over 300 people are still missing three years after a conflict over an insurgency in the Mt. Elgon region, the majority of them forcibly disappeared by the Kenya army, human rights watch said in a report released today.

the Kenyan government should immediately establish an independent inquiry to exhume suspected mass graves and to investigate atrocities committed by both Kenyan security forces and the militia known as the sabaot land defense force (SLDF)

‘Hold your heart’; waiting for justice in Kenya’s Mt. Elgon region,” its a report that examines the attempts of families of those forcibly disappeared by the Kenyan army and the SLDF militia to seek truth and justice.

“The plight of the victims families is one of the most enduring scars of the violence in the region,” said Daniel Bekele, Africa director of human rights watch. With no body to bury, no deaths certificates and no official recognition of the loss of their family members, these families remain in a legal and psychological limbo, Daniel added.

“Elsa Chesut found parts of her husband Jerome’s body in a forest in Western Kenya three months after soldiers from Kenyan army abducted him from his home. the soldiers who came for him in April 2008 accused him of having knowledge about the activities of the SLDF, a militia group that had been terrorizing the population of the Mt.Elgon region since 2006. Elsa searched her husband at the military camp and at a nearby prison, but no one would provide information about her that Jerome’s body was in a nearby forest where the boy grazed his cattle. three years later Elsa still waits for justice to be done given full information on the events surrounding the death of her husband.”

Peris is another victim of the circumstance, “her husband was arrested by soldiers at the restaurant he ran in Chepkube sub- district on March 26. He was taken in a military truck to the camp at Chepkube and then to Kapkoita military camp. Peris went to Kapkoita two days later but the soldiers at the gate denied her husband was being held there.that evening one of the police whom she knew wrote her a message informing her that her husband was dead. She reported the incident at the police stations at Chepkube and Bungoma. Some time later police came to her house and asked her to write a report, which she did but to her knowledge the police never conducted further investigations”

Lawyers and human rights organizations are assisting victims by filing cases at the Bungoma high court and the East African court of justice, and taking complaints to the African commission on human and people’s rights. Others have filed a complaint before the United Nations working group on enforced or involuntary disappearances.


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