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TJRC Report: Political assasinations fueled ethnic divisions

by on May 22, 2013

Kenya News Alert

JMKPolitical assassination was one of the tactics used by Kenya’s previous regimes and the political elite to repress dissent or eliminate political competition.
Truth Justice and Reconciliation Report {TJRC} on political assassinations revealed that consequently political assassinations have exacerbated ethnic divisions and tensions.
“The assassination of Tom Mboya is a prime example of how assassinations can further divide communities and increase ethnic tensions. The Commission finds that Mboya was assassinated for his political beliefs, and the perception that he posed a threat to the political establishment,” the report said.
The report noted that investigation into specific assassinations, when undertaken, were usually deliberately shut down before conclusion saying even in instances where such investigations had been concluded, their reports of findings and recommendations were never publicized.
“The Commission finds that the circumstances surrounding Mboya’s assassination including the political rivalries he provoked, and the failure of the government to investigate fully the…

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