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Leaders want officer who shot an EPZ worker during a demo arrested

17 September 2015, 21:36 Ken Wekesa

Mombasa - An EPZ employee who was shot dead during a demonstration was buried Wednesday as local leaders issued a 24-hour ultimatum for the responsible police officer to be arrested.

Asha Abdalla Kwekwe, who was buried at her homestead at Mazeras village Wednesday afternoon, was shot when police opened fire at over 2 000 workers who were demanding permission to join a union of their choice.

Th burial was attended by Kaloleni MP Mwinga Gunga, Tailors and Textile Workers Union (TTWU) General Secretary Joel Chebii and Kilifi Members of County Assembly (MCAs).

The leaders warned that if the police fail to arrest the officer, they will organize a demonstration in Rabai sub-county.

"It’s shameful for a police officer to use a live bullet to kill a 22-year-old innocent woman at the prime of her life,’’ said Gunga.

He urged the government to move with speed to prosecute the police officer behind the shooting.  

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Gunga called on the Internal Security Cabinet Secretary, Joseph Nkaissery to ensure the officer who killed the innocent woman is sacked.   

He said despite the poverty levels in the County, residents have to be respected and the government should stop undermining the Mijikenda community.

The TTWU boss said it was unfortunate that a police officer who is entrusted to protect taxpayers turned against them.

Chebii said it was sad for police officers to act unprofessionally by using live bullets to kill a helpless worker.

"It’s regrettable that the woman who was to wed at the end of the year had to face a premature death at the hands of a careless police officer,’’ he told the mourners.

The TTWU boss said the country has not experienced such an incident where a person is killed while exercising her democratic right.

Chebii called for colleagues of the deceased at Hantex Garmets EPZ to be calm saying they are planning their next course of action against the management.

He urged the textile company to allow the workers to join a union as it is their constitutional right.

"The textile company must stop frustrating workers by denying them their right to join a union of their choice so that they can be represented and their interests and welfare catered for,’’ he said.       

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