Monument for Wagalla victims to be unveiled

Thursday February 13 2014

Some of the women who lost their husbands during the infamous Wagalla Massacre of 1984 at a public hearing in Wajir town on April 18, 2011. FILE PHOTO |

Some of the women who lost their husbands during the infamous Wagalla Massacre of 1984 at a public hearing in Wajir town on April 18, 2011. FILE PHOTO |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

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Political leaders in Wajir County will be on the spot as residents gather Friday to mark 30 years of the Wagalla massacre.

The Truth, Justice and Reconciliation Commission says over 700 men were killed during a disarmament operation on February 10, 1984 at the hands of soldiers.

The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights will unveil a monument in memory of the victims.

Commission official Mohammed Jaafar said the monument was proposed by the truth team. “The truth team did its part and now we must make sure our leaders defend its recommendations so that they are not mutilated in Parliament,” he said.

Mr Jaafar said residents were tired of commemorations without justice for the victims.

The truth commission also recommended a public apology from the President.