Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) has called on interior cabinet secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i to investigate an incident where law enforcement officers are accused of forcefully abducting 5 citizens and murdering them in cold blood.
The incident happened in Bombolulu Mombasa County on Saturday.
MUHURI Chairman Khelef Khalifa while addressing the media in Mombasa on Monday accused the police of excessive use of force while on duty.
He asked the police to uphold the rule of law.
“5 people were shot dead by police officers. They (police) claimed dead were suspicious, lived together in a room without furniture and were armed. This is a lie,” said Khelef.
Khelef also wants the government to produce and further prosecute what he claims are killers of the 5 Kenyans.
He adds “This is a special squad. The slain victims Kibara and Mugure were both arrested on March 17 and abducted by police,” noted the lobbyist.
Explain the cause of murder
At the same time, Juliana Nyambura, one of the close relatives of Benedicto Mugure, a murdered victim, asked the government to explain the cause of the killing.
She says all those responsible for the murder should be held responsible.
“Benedicto went missing on March 17. He was then abducted by masked police officers and 10 days later he was found dead,” lamented Nyambura.
Abducted, beaten and motorbike torched
Meanwhile, Juliet Mugure, a wife to Newton Kibara, claimed her husband was abducted by 9 armed men, beaten and his motorbike torched.
On the other hand, MUHURI Rapid Response officer Francis Auma lashed out at the police for what he claims is disseminating false information to the public.
He claims police fired bullets on the victims killing them instantly.
“We can confirm that there was no exchange of bullets. We even have some cartridges from the scene. We have also been at the morgue where the bodies have been preserved,” noted Auma.
Extrajudicial killings getting out of hand
Haki Africa Rapid Response officer Mathias Shipeta says despite recording a decline in extrajudicial killings last year the situation is currently getting out of hand.
He says this year’s extrajudicial trend is worrying adding “there is a surge of these cases this year. We are now talking of 5 deaths in a week,”
Shipeta is appealing for the Directorate of Criminal Investigation DCI, the Inspector General of Police IG, and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority IPOA to start an inquest into the matter.
“We shall partner with other civil societies in the region to ensure that these cases are addressed to the latter. We cannot afford to lose Kenyans in the hands of law enforcement officers,”