The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) has waded into the Baringo crisis and now wants Parliament’s National Security Chairman Asman Kamama to step down.
The commission said Kamama who is also Tiaty MP had adversely been mentioned in the ongoing conflict including the killing of two politicians adding that his position was jeopardizing investigations.
According to the Commission’s Vice Chairperson George Morara, Kamama and other political leaders have been mentioned in previous years as perpetrators and sponsors of the violence.
“Specifically the commission calls on National Security Chairman in Parliament Asman Kamama to step aside and allow investigations into his ‘alleged’ role in the spiraling conflict in Baringo County”.
Morara at the same time said the commission fully supported the latest government initiative to restore peace in the volatile area but cautioned that the operation should be done within the confines of the law.
“While the measures are laudable we take this opportunity to remind all the security officers deployed in the North Rift that they are at all times bound by our constitution and the relevant laws”.
Addressing the press at a Naivasha hotel, the senior official said the persistent shoot to kill orders including the one issued by the Deputy President could be misused for gross violations.
“The Commission notes with concern that such calls are usually invoked by security agencies as a pretext for the perpetration of egregious human rights violations”.
“The calls are usually followed by massive security operations which leave in their trail death, rape, and destruction of property, displacement and large numbers of internally displaced persons”.