The BBC's Gabriel Gatehouse in Kenya's coastal Tana Delta region
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Political link to mass graves in Kenya's Tana River Delta?

Two mass graves holding an unknown number of bodies have been discovered in Kenya's coastal Tana Delta region, according to police.

More than 100 people have been killed in clashes in the area in the past month between the Pokomo people - mostly farmers growing cash crops by the Tana River - and the Orma, semi-nomadic cattle herders, in a dispute over land and water.

There are accusations that politicians have incited the violence ahead of elections next March. But investors, both Kenyan and foreign, have been acquiring leases on vast tracts of land in the region for the purposes of large-scale cultivation of food and biofuel crops.

The BBC's east Africa correspondent Gabriel Gatehouse investigates the links between the latest massacre and the upcoming vote.

This report originally appeared on Newsnight

  • 19 Sep 2012
  • From the section Africa
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