Kavuludi urged to probe police over coastal murders
10 February 2015, 21:03
Mombasa - Mombasa lobby groups have expressed their dissatisfaction with the ongoing police vetting and called upon the Kavuludi led commission to investigate over eight incidents that they allege the police had a hand in.
The lobby groups; Haki Africa, Human Rights Agenda and Local Empowerment for Good Governance have accused the NPSC of shifting the burden of investigations to the members of the public and civil society.
In an open letter addressed to the National Police Service Commission chair, Johnston Kavuludi, the lobby now wants the commission to investigate the Tana River killings of 2012/2013, the masjid Musa raid of February 2014, the disappearance of Hemed Salim, the Mpeketoni massacre that left over 65 people dead and the disappearance of 50 religious leaders.
In all the incidents, the lobby groups have accused the police for failing to provide security hence leading to the deaths and disappearance of many Kenyans.
Haki Africa executive director, Hussein Khalid said the local residents and civil society have no mandate to investigate such incidences and provide evidence to the commission.
“It’s upon the NPSC to investigate these incidents and hold those responsible to account as well as inform Kenyans of the findings,” Khalid said.
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Khalid said disregarding of information will hinder the desired reforms needed in the police service in Mombasa.
He also accused the commission of pointing fingers at the members of the public yet it is their mandate.
76 senior police are undergoing the vetting exercise at the Mombasa government school in an effort aimed at streamlining the police force.
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