IMLU – Preliminary Report – Military Operation in Mt. Elgon



April 2008

An Investigative report by the

Independent Medico-Legal Unit (IMLU)

Released by:

International Commission of Jurists-Kenya Section

Child Legal Action Network


Executive Summary

Since the January post election violence and subsequent mediation and resultant national accord by the political elites there continues massive appeals on reconciliation by the grand coalition government behind the scenes the government has and continues to engage in massive infringement of fundamental rights of historical proportions never witnessed before on the civilian population in Mount Elgon district and surrounding areas.

The much touted joint military operation that has been conducted under the secrecy veil since early march 2008 and has resulted in mass arrests and subsequent prosecution of over twelve hundred persons and most of the persons arraigned have raised complaints of torture and exhibited injuries that remain to be accounted for by the state, the government has on its part termed allegations of torture as propaganda and argued that no complaints have been lodged with relevant agencies. Government denial has three stages, starting with saying torture did not happen, continuing by saying that what happened was something else, and finally saying that what happened was justified for the protection of national security or some other purpose.

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KENYA: Urban displaced still looking for a home

KENYA: Urban displaced still looking for a home

Photo: Allan Gichigi/IRIN
Elizabeth Mueni holds her 10-day old baby, born under a tree on the roadside, in her tent at the Dagoretti district officer’s compound

NAIROBI, 10 March 2008 (IRIN) – Kenya may have inched closer to a grand coalition with the opening of parliament, but little has changed for the hundreds of people still displaced in the capital, Nairobi.

“My baby is 10 days old, I remain under this tarpaulin tent not knowing what the future holds,” Elizabeth Mueni, one of 263 IDPs camping at the Dagoretti district officer’s (DO) compound, told IRIN.

“I wish I could get some money to rent a house and restart my vegetable-selling business; the windy conditions here are risky for my baby,” she said.

Mueni, like most of the thousands of internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Kenya’s urban areas, lived in rental accommodation. Their houses, mainly in slum areas, were either destroyed during post-election violence in January and February or have since been let out to other tenants. Continue reading