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MSA lobby group slams shoot to kill directive

26 March 2014, 22:40 Harrison Mbungu

Mombasa - A day after Mombasa county commissioner Nelson Marwa issued a shoot to kill order on terror suspects, human rights groups have slammed the directive saying it’s against the constitution.

Marwa in a security meeting with pastors,  yesterday said criminals who killed and terrorised innocent citizens at a church in Likoni, Mombasa County would be shot and killed on the spot, but not arrested and taken to court.

The groups, led by Muslim for Human rights Muhuri, a human rights group in Mombasa have termed the directive as shocking and against the peoples rights.

Muhuri in a statement read to journalists by its executive director Rahma Guram said the directive was shocking and was issued at a time when the entire coastal region was in a tense with insecurity following the latest incident of attack on a church in Likoni district Mombasa County where six people were killed.

“The constitution of Kenya guarantees every Kenyan the right to life, freedom and security. These rights are alienable and cannot be violated simply by failure of the police to carry out meaningful investigations and prosecution,” He said.

The lobby group now wants the commissioner to withdraw his directive. “The directive is not only illegal but irresponsible and will lead to further unnecessary deaths and an increase in tension,” said Guram.

The move comes as the police bear the blame for failing to employ enough force and deal with criminals. Muhuri also wants the government to compensate the families and victims of the Likoni church terror attack.

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