Senior police officer injured in Shariani demolition


Kilifi south Police Commander Mohammed Wako is nursing injuries after being attacked while in an eviction operation in Shariani.

Two civilians were also injured after they were allegedly shot at by police officers.

The two sustain bullet wounds in the legs.

A contingent of police officers led by Wako had gone to the area to enforce a court order.

The residents lost a court battle against a tycoon in the area.

Salim Ali, a resident said he was woken up by screams from other residents whose houses were being demolished.

The demolition started at around 5am.

“We were not aware that there was a court order but I knew there was a case in court concerning the disputed parcel of land. Two people have been shot by the police and are currently receiving treatment in hospital. The area is now calm but we have people who have nowhere to go,” said Ali

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The residents barricaded the Mombasa Malindi highway disrupting traffic from 6am to 9am when GSU officers arrived and cleared the road

Kilifi county police commander Nelson Taliti confirmed the incident.

He said there are over 20 pending evictions in his office.

The evictions include the 10 acres piece of land earmarked for the Kilifi county police headquarters at the old ferry opposite Naivas Supermarket in Kilifi town.

He advised locals to vacate any land they know they are occupying illegally.

“Before waiting to be evicted who don’t you leave at will to avoid loss of property. As police officers, we do not carry out demolitions but we provide security during the demolitions,” he said

Malindi sub-county has the highest number of pending evictions followed by Kilifi south.

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