Kerrow arrested over Mandera mass grave claims

By Beth Nyaga

Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow has been arrested at Wilson Airport in Nairobi over remarks he made in relation to mass graves in the county.

The Senator was arrested on his way from Mandera on Thursday and taken to the Director of Criminal Investigations headquarters (DCI) Hq at Mazingira House for interrogation.

Mandera legislators led by Kerrow had earlier apologised over their claim of discovery of a mass grave in the county.

They regretted that their remarks at a press conference in Nairobi on Monday caused anxiety and panic among Kenyans.

Kerrow said only one body was found at the site of the alleged mass grave.

The Senator tendered the apology on Wednesday, after Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery warned of legal action if he does not retract his statement.

Nkaissery had earlier ordered all those who made allegations that there were mass graves in Mandera to apologise by Thursday December 10th or face arrest.

Kerrow however said there is anxiety in Mandera town due to disappearance of people and asked security agencies to investigate the matter.

“Our message to government is that the security agents should use the normal channels to arrest people and take them to court. We want them to come in uniforms and if not, show their identifications before arresting people,” he said.

On Monday, more than 10 lawmakers from northern Kenya accused the Kenya Defence Forces of extrajudicial killings following allegations of the discovery of the mass grave.

Kerrow said they had evidence that most of the people who have disappeared in the past three years had been picked up by KDF soldiers in unmarked cars and driven into military camps, never to be seen again.


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