The PSIC report on the incident says that meetings held on July 31, 2012, October 2 2012 and November 5 2012 had instructed the DSIC to over see the destruction of kiosks and other illegal structures which were being used to criminals.
"Youths engaged security personnel in fire exchange from rooftops of the four storey building belonging to a prominent local businessman. Illegal kiosks along Kismayu road used by criminals were torched. Structures cleared are bordering KDF camp, Garissa primary, all the way to Garissa Provincial Hospital," the report signed by F. O OUMA for the North Eastern Provincial Commissioner says.
KDF Information Operations Officer Colonel Cyrus Oguna yesterday clarified that KDF soldiers had not engaged in any violence on Garissa residents as is being alleged.
" After the killing of the three soldiers, the commander sent a team to secure the military equipment. KDF knows it mandate and it does not include engaging citizens. The operation conducted in the village was done by police who were accompanied by the two soldiers who escaped from the attackers because they had seen them. When no weapon was recovered or arrests made KDF personnel retreated. The next day a small group of locals attacked the KDF camp but the soldiers only took positions for the fifteen minutes it happened. But as it happened, chaos erupted in the town where no KDF soldier were deployed. The hotel alleged to have been burnt KDF is not anywhere near where the attack happened. Those accusing KDF off breach of human rights, violence and rape are trying to undermine the gains the military has done to secure this country," Col Oguna said yesterday.
KDF said that immediately after receiving the information about the attack on the soldiers, a team was dispatched to coordinate the recovery of the truck and bodies of the murder soldiers.
They then provided a cordon around the village in which the attackers were reported to have entered but only the police entered and conducted a search to flush out the criminals.
Meanwhile, Garissa County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim has reassured area residents of calm following last two days chaotic scenes where members of the public were terrorized by KDF soldiers following the killings of three of their colleagues by unknown criminals.
Maalim who was addressing the press from his office appealed to Kenyans to remain calm as the government was pursuing criminals who have led to the deaths of nine police officers and three KDF soldiers since first of July this year.
He blamed criminals for causing despondency in town between security agents and members of the public but said their days were numbered.
The Commissioner took issue with a section of area youths who were creating inter tribal animosity between various communities in town saying that security agents are pursuing them and will be brought to justice.
The administrator said the county had enough police officers to take charge of security saying that no more KDF soldiers will be involved in pursuing criminals.