Kenya Elections: Police Bring Charges In Machete Murders

Category: Politics / Mar 05, 2013 10:57AM EDT
Kenyan police charged three people on Tuesday (March 5) over election day attacks which left at least 15 people dead, including 9 security officers. Security officers deployed to keep the peace were killed in the attacks by machete-wielding gangs before polling stations opened on Monday (March 4). Regional police said six attackers were also killed. Three men appeared in a Mombasa court on Tuesday but were not required to enter a plea. Authorities suspect members of a separatist group, the Mombasa Republican Council, for the attacks. The group had earlier issued threats to disrupt the elections if their calls for a separate coastal strip state from Kenya were not heeded. But the group's spokesman denied responsibility and said it only sought change by peaceful means. Officials and candidates in Kenya have made impassioned appeals to avoid a repeat of the violence that erupted following the disputed result of the 2007 election. More than 1,200 people were killed, shattering Kenya's reputation as one of Africa's most stable democracies and bringing its economy to a standstill.