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Standard Digital News - Kenya : Lifestyle : Did police torture on Tana mission?

4/6/13 12:50 PM

Did police torture on Tana mission? Updated Sunday, October 14 2012 at 00:00 GMT+3 By Jeckonia Otieno ‘Welcome to Ozi village, the latest of Kenya’s ruins; the ramifications of the country’s own security operations.’ This is the message any person visiting this burnt-out ghost settlement would get. Ozi that used to bubble with life is now in the state of destitution and many theories, laden with accusations and counter-accusations have so far been propagated of how the village turned into rubble overnight. According to locals, the village that is a home to over 8,000 people was burnt down by police officers who were deployed in the Tana Delta to quell the violence that left more than 100 people dead. The narrative given by the security forces, but which locals vehemently dispute, is that when they arrived in the village, people who were fleeing the area, decided to burn down the houses. But with all these, one sure thing is that Ozi village is deserted and those who stayed there are now living in the nearby forests. So fearful they are that they would disappear into the wild on seeing any approaching vehicle. Every vehicle is suspected to be police officers, reminding them of two recent invasions by the security teams that left them traumatised. Broken pieces of household goods and burnt-out embers of what used to be the roofs of their houses are the hallmarks of the village. Ghost of a village In fact, the only thing that remains functional is the borehole, which seemingly escaped unscathed in the destruction spree. http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/?articleID=2000068338

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Standard Digital News - Kenya : Lifestyle : Did police torture on Tana mission?

4/6/13 12:50 PM

After days of media blackout on Ozi, the Standard on Sunday managed to get to the village to find out the real situation on the ground and how the villagers are coping up with it. From a ghost of what was once a communal village, the search for the villagers went upstream, but not a single villager could be seen. GO TO PAGE 1 2 3 Next

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