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Activists term Makaburi's murder as barbaric

02 April 2014, 16:46 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - A human rights activist has condemned Tuesday's killings of the controversial Muslim cleric, Sheikh Abubakar Shariff alias Makaburi and Bahero, who were shot dead outside the Shanzu Law Courts.

Speaking to the press at his office, Haki Africa managing director, Khalid Mohamed strongly condemned the killing saying that the government has failed in totality to handle the rising insecurity in the region.

Khalid said they have pulled out of the ongoing negotiations between clerics until the mystery behind the shooting is resolved, and gave the national government a three day ultimatum to solve the security breakdown at the coastal region.

“We have given the national government a three day ultimatum to resolve the issues failure to which we will conduct a mass protest to condemn the killings. We cannot live in an environment where people are killed everyday,” said Khalid.

These views were seconded by the regional coordinator of the Muslim leaders' forum, Sheikh Muhdhar Khitamy, who said the Tuesday killings terming them as ‘barbaric’.

Khitamy faulted the government for not adhering to the resolutions they had earlier reached with the Mombasa county security agents.

“We are ready to negotiate with the government in a move to resolve the ongoing wrangles. Use of force will not resolve anything," said Khitamy.

He said that there is a disconnect between the national government and Mombasa county security organs and urged the government to provide a lasting solution.

“Makaburi was shot in a protected area between the Shimo la Tewa maximum prison and the Shanzu Law Courts. This was a planned act that should be investigated,” said Khitamy.

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