Rights group: Politicians tied to Kenya clashes

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NAIROBI, Kenya — Kenyan authorities should expand investigations into the alleged roles of four politicians in clashes in the country’s southeast which killed 110 people in three weeks, an international human rights group said today.

President Mwai Kibaki late Wednesday sacked assistant Livestock Development Minister Dhado Godhana after he was charged in court with inciting the violence.

Human Rights watch said their investigations show that three more politicians could be involved in the violence between the semi-nomadic Orma tribe of herders and the Pokomo who are mostly farmers in the Tana River Delta.

The U.N. and Red Cross say that on the surface the violence appears to be a historical feud over land and water resources, but there are additional factors including the redrawing of political boundaries and next year’s general elections that are contributing.

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