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Kwekwe's family want security beefed ahead of her exhumation

12 September 2014, 10:39 John Kioko

Mombasa - The family of the late Kwekwe Mwandadzo, who was killed by police at their Maweu home last month, wants security beefed up ahead of her exhumation on Friday.

Kwekwe's uncle, Dickson Dalu, said security is important since he is not in good terms with the chief who authorized her burial without family consent.

“We want the government to provide security because we don’t know what the people who illegally authorised burial of the girl without our permission might be planning,” he told the media in Kwale on Thursday.

Late last month, police in Kwale shot dead 14-year-old Kwekwe Mwandaza for allegedly threatening them with a machete, sparking countrywide outrage and condemnation of the National Police Service.

Also Read: Police kill teen for threatening them with machete

Dalu said the manner in which the body of their daughter was buried by the area chief even before they could obtain a burial permit raised a lot of questions.

“How could a burial be conducted without a permit only to be obtained some days later? That means something was being hidden from the family,” said Dalu.

The family obtained a court order on September 9, 2014 directing the exhumation of the body and postmortem examination.

Independent Medico-Legal Unit Communication and Advocacy officer, Joseph Muthuri, said they have contracted a network pathologists to provide independent examination on the body.

He said the deceased was buried without the requisite postmortem examination that would assist the family pursue justice for the heinous crime.

Meanwhile, Kinango Deputy County Commissioner, Moses Ivuto, said they do not have problems with the girl's killer, but that they are concerned with the circumstances in which she was killed.

“We have not denied the minor was killed by officers, but we are disputing the circumstances in which she died,” he said.

He however maintained that the officers had not planned to take the life of the minor as is being perceived.

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