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Police faulted for using excessive force in Mombasa

25 March 2014, 15:50 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa - Police are using excessive force in the Likoni church attack probe that left at least six people dead and scores of others injured, human rights activist Mwambi Mwasaru has said, noting that at least 300 people have so far been arrested in relation to the investigations.

“Three hundred people is a large number considering that only two people committed the attack. Do you mean all the three hundred people were involved in the attack of a church that has a total of 250 believers?” posed Mwasaru.

Police have been reported to be using force on innocent people given that the force has deployed members of the General Service Unit (GSU), who known to employ force other than intelligence, to conduct the investigations.

Reports of the use of force has triggered wild reaction from humanitarian organizations that claim police force is leading Likoni into divisions along religious lines as a large number of those arrested are muslims.

The chairman of Haki Africa, Hussein Khalid has said that the police are portraying incompetence in dealing with the matter by arresting everyone within their reach.

“We expect police to be protecting it’s people and not humiliating and harassing them in their effort to cover up their failure in preventing attacks,” said Khalid.

The human right organizations is concerned has been triggered by the recurrent police shootings in the air, which have been happening every evening since Sunday to scare people away.

Haki Africa has appealed to police commanders to use intelligence in dealing with the matter other than the red berets.

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