Wednesday, February 1, 2012
The Kenyan High Court has sentenced five men to 56 years in prison each for the 2008 murder of a United Nations World Food Programme staff member. Silence Chirara, a national of Zimbabwe, was coordinating logistics operations in South Sudan for the United Nations World Food Programme when he was ambushed and killed while driving a UN vehicle in the town of Lokichoggio, in northwest Kenya. He was 37.
“Nothing can be done to replace the life of this dedicated humanitarian and father, but justice has now been allowed to run its course,” WFP said in a statement. “These stiff prison sentences send an important message that those who harm humanitarian workers shall be brought to justice.”
WFP staff members said their thoughts were with Silence’s wife and his two children. “We condemn in the strongest possible terms any attack on humanitarian workers. When action is taken, this serves as a deterrent to groups or individuals who are targeting humanitarian staff in their places of work,” the statement read.
(Adapted from a UN Press Release)