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Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 09/13/2012

HRW: Politicians linked to Kenya violence

Politicians in Kenya may have played a role in attacks that killed 110 people over the past month, according to a new report from Human Rights Watch.

The report alleges that local authorities failed to prevent the violence — and in some cases might have organized it.

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“Members of both communities, including victims of the attacks, told Human Rights Watch that area politicians who hoped to win seats in next year’s elections were involved in the violence on both sides and that the villagers had informed the police about their suspicions. They said the recent violence was aimed at displacing the supporters of opponents,” the advocacy group wrote, urging Kenyan authorities to investigate and prosecute those responsible.

Hundreds of members of the Pokomo and Orma tribes have attacked each other’ villages near the Tana river delta since late August, and more than 12,000 people have been displaced, the Guardian reports.

Kenyan Livestock Development Minister Dhado Godana has already been charged with inciting the violence, but HRW says at least three more politicians were involved.

Kenyan police have vowed on Twitter to bring the perpetrators to justice:

But others in Kenya have expressed skepticism that the police have done all they can.

Read the full HRW statement here.

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