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Activists call for resignation of Marwa over 'shoot to kill' directive

27 March 2014, 12:39 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - Human rights activists have called for the resignation of the Mombasa county commissioner, Nelson Marwa over his 'shoot to kill' directive.

Speaking to the press, Muslim for human rights deputy executive director, Rahma Abbas termed Marwa’s directive as irresponsible and careless. She said the Kenyan constitution provides for the freedom and security of all Kenyans.

“These rights are alienable and cannot be violated simply by the failure of police to carry out meaningful investigations and prosecution,” she noted.

However, Muhuri have called upon the police to apprehend and present to court the principal suspects involved in the recent deadly church attack in Likoni.

The deputy executive director said the incident whereby assembled bombs and other arsenals lay undiscovered at the police headquarters leave many questions on the police competence in ensuring security for all citizens.

Muhuri’s executive director, Mwambu Mwasaru has faulted the police raid on residents of Likoni that lead to the arrest of 300 youths saying the 300 are innocent.

“The police are victimizing everyone in the name of fighting terrorism. The arrest of innocent youths will create bad blood,” said Mwasaru.

Mwasaru also lamented the lack of equipment in police stations saying that billions of money allocated to security agencies are not channeled to the stations.

Muhuri's sentiments were echoed by lawyer Mbugua Muriithi, who said that Marwa is not fit to hold a public office.

“Marwa’s statement was inciting the security agencies to go on a killing people and he should therefore resign because of his inciting remarks,” said Murithi.

Muhuri has also maintained its stands that Marwa withdraw his remarks and apologize to Kenyans.

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