KENYANS FOR PEACE WITH TRUTH AND JUSTICE (KPTJ) PRESS STATEMENT ON THE MPEKETONI ATTACKS AND THE DETERIORATING STATE OF SECURITY IN KENYA.
Kenyans for Peace with Truth and Justice (KPTJ) would like to take this opportunity to express our deepest condolences to the families, friends and relatives of the more than sixty innocent Kenyans who were brutally murdered during the recent attacks in Mpeketoni in Lamu County. We also wish those who were injured a quick recovery. We condemn the attacks without reservation. We affirm the right to life, which is the most basic human right and of which the victims of those attacks have been tragically denied. We stand with their families and share their devastation after such an unexpected and violent loss of loved ones. KPTJ condemns terrorism as a heartless phenomenon that dehumanizes both the perpetrators and the victims. We stand with the country and share its feeling of outrage and helplessness in the wake of a series of terrorist attacks of which Mpeketoni is only the latest. We make the point that terrorism against anyone is unacceptable and must be brought to an end. But we note that besides terrorism, Kenya faces situations of generalized insecurity, as evidenced by the ongoing violence in Baringo, and the recent violence in Wajir, Mandera, Garissa and Marsabit, where 53000 Kenyans were displaced from there between November 2013 and February 2014 . We also note the incidents of serious violence that have taken place in other parts of the country during the last one year, including in Bungoma, Busia and Kitui. We are aware also of the violent crimes that must be behind the surfacing of mass graves in the Kitengela area recently, and which still remain unexplained. We also note the slaying, in Mombasa, of several Muslim preachers, the last of them, Sheikh Idris, an icon of religious tolerance, whose killing like all those before him, has not been explained. These cases of insecurity and killings should be treated with the same seriousness as Mpeketoni, for the good of all Kenyans. Government response to insecurity should be thorough and intelligence led and not predicated on ethnic profiling as we saw recently with the wholesale roundup and detention of the Somali community. Ethnic profiling, whether against the Somali, Luhya, Luo or Kikuyu is counterproductive and must never be condoned or accepted and least of all carried out by the state. KPTJ is concerned that in all the above situations of serious breach in the security of Kenyans, there has been little if any action to establish accountability for those that caused these serious crimes. We observe that in relation to the Mpeketoni attacks, the government has placed responsibility for the attacks on the opposition and has promised investigations. We, however, recall that the government has, after each of the previous incidents, promised investigations but little else has followed. We fear that just like before, nothing will follow the promises of investigation made in relation to the Mpeketoni attacks.