Two mass graves have been discovered in Kenya's Tana River Delta region. At least 38 people were killed there last week, and more than 100 people have been killed in the last 3 weeks of tribal fighting.
Police said Tuesday that last week 38 people were shot, hacked, and burnt to death in a long running feud over land and water between the Pokomos and the Ormas, Reuters reports.
While it seems as though the violence is due to disputes over land and water, there are many who believes it is also politically motivated, The AFP reports.
Last week, President Mwai Kibaki imposed a curfew and sent extra security forces to the area to try and end the violence, Reuters reports.
There is growing concern that with elections approaching next March, the violence will only get worse.
Last week, Dhadho Godhana, assistant livestock minister and MP for Galole in the Tana river delta was charged with "incitement to violence," The AFP reports.
According to BBC News, police aren't sure of the exact number or the identities of the bodies found in the graves.
"We don't know yet whether they are attackers who died while in confrontation with security personnel or just victims killed by attackers during the clashes and buried," regional police chief Aggrey Adoli told Reuters.
Adoli also told The AFP that a court order to exhume the bodies has been requested.
The graves were discovered in Kilelengwani village, where the fighting has been taking place during the last 3 weeks, Reuters reports.
Last month, Kenya Red Cross Security General, Abbas Gullet said that over 200 Kenyans had been killed in ethnic fighting since January.