Govt accused of extrajudicial killings in North Eastern
30 April 2015, 09:21
Nairobi – A section of MPs from North Eastern have accused the government of committing extrajudicial killings in the region in its efforts to weed out suspected Al-Shabaab sympathizers following the heinous murder of 147 Garissa University College students.
The more than 10 MPs led by Balambala MP, Abdikadir Omar, claimed that security officers in the region have been arresting and sometimes abducting residents then taking them to unknown destinations only for their families to discover their abandoned and wounded bodies.
Omar warned that the government’s decision to apply extrajudicial killings in the fight against terrorism won’t be fruitful saying it would instead contribute to more radicalization of people due to inflicted anger as a result of mysterious disappearance of their relatives.
“The government cannot fight Al-Shabaab through an illegality of extrajudicial activities of people disappearing mysteriously. It should use the law by taking suspects to the court for trial and be prosecuted when found guilty,” said Omar.
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“The extrajudicial activities are an emerging trend which is primitive and contravenes the law. KDF has no constitutional mandate in arresting people except the national police service officers,” he added.
Wajir County MP, Fatuma Ibrahim said nine bodies of missing residents including eight men and one lady were found dumped in Wajir.
“I suspect the found nine bodies of missing people are not enough. There might be hundreds of bodies dumped in the region’s vicinity after being abducted by security officers who have been threatening whoever questions the whereabouts of their missing relatives,” said Ibrahim.
She asked the human rights groups to be alert to ensure that residents’ fundamental rights are not abused.
Fatuma also asked the government to work with the region’s leaders to ensure terrorism sympathizers are dealt to bring security into normalcy.
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