Nairobi – A Kenyan court on Wednesday charged an MP from a south-eastern region that has been hit by a deadly wave of tribal killings with inciting violence.
Dhadho Godhana, assistant livestock minister and the MP for Galole in the Tana River delta, where 42 people were killed this week and hundreds of houses torched, denied the charges at a court hearing and was released on bail pending another hearing set for October 2.
His appearance in court comes hours after President Mwai Kibaki ordered the arrest and prosecution of leaders fanning violence in the troubled region, where more than 100 people have been shot or hacked to death in the past month.
On Monday Kibaki ordered a dusk-to-dawn curfew in the remote area in the country’s coastal region, after tribesmen attacked a village, torched homes and sparked clashes that killed 38 people.
Reprisal attacks the next day left hundreds of homes burned to the ground but only four dead as most of those living in the villages targeted had already fled.
Godhana, who comes from the area he represents, has been publically trading accusations with acting Internal Security Minister Yusuf Haji, who is MP for the neighbouring Ijara constituency, over the violence.