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
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
Last week, President Mwai Kibaki imposed a curfew and sent extra security forces to the area to try and end the violence, Reuters
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
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
Last month, Kenya Red Cross Security General, Abbas Gullet
said that over 200 Kenyans had been killed in ethnic fighting since January.