Concern raised over mysterious disappearance of youth in Mombasa
12 August 2015, 09:20
Mombasa - The Muslims for Human rights (Muhuri) lobby group has raised concern over increased disappearance of youths the coast region and called for the immediate trial of those arrested by security agencies for various offences.
Speaking to the press in Mombasa, Muhuri executive Director Hassan Abdi Abdille said that cases of missing persons in the region have been on the rise since 2013, with 13 cases being reported in 2013.
“Of late, we have been getting complaints of young people at the coast going missing and it’s a great concern as it’s alleged that some of these people have been taken by security officers," said Abdille.
He said the government has the mandate to protect its citizens and efforts should be made to find the missing persons.
However, Muhuri Chairman Khelif Khalif called on the government to ensure that the trend comes to an end.
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“We have been frustrated by the government while conducting our duties as rights group. Security officers have also been frustrating our efforts in the name of fighting terror,” said Khalif.
A parent to one of the victims, Abdi Farah alleged that his son, Farah Abdi had been arrested in Hindi and charged with terror related charges but was later abducted by men they suspected to be police officers in Mombasa and has been missing ever since.
Another parent, Aisha Mubarak alleged that her niece and nephew, Faiza Abdulaziz and Fahad Hemed went missing in May.
“One of the children had gone shopping in Majengo and the other unwinding, but they never returned home. I reported the matter to the police but no action was taken,” said Mubarak.
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