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Police kill two businessmen in mistaken identity case

28 October 2015, 11:00 John Kioko

Diani - Police in Msambweni are on the spot for allegedly shooting dead two popular businessmen on Tuesday in a mistaken identify case at Darling area.

Henry Kimanthi and Japheth Mwanzia were allegedly gunned down by Administration Police officers at their door steps.

The two were killed 500 meters from Darling petrol station although police claimed they had gunned them down at the petrol station.

“My father and his colleague had gone to help their neighbor who owns a bar and had called them claiming thugs were breaking into his business. When they were going back to sleep, police confronted them at their doorsteps and shot at them,” said Titus Mule, son to Japheth Mwanzia.

He said police involved should seek for forgiveness from the family instead of covering up the incident.

“It is not fair to kill innocent people. The two men and their business are well known around here,” said the 22-year-old man who is the only child to the deceased.

Redempta Mbula, cousin to Japheth Mwanzia said police are back to extra-judicial killings and called for human rights organization and President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene.

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"They should have asked them to surrender instead of shooting them indiscriminately. Over seven bullets were used during the incident,” said Mbula.

“They were shot in their chest, head, stomach and legs. The shooting was so bad because their bodies were damaged,” she said.

Another relative, Jacob Maele said police are using scapegoats instead of admitting they killed innocent people.

“They are trying to cover up the matter and we are not taking it lightly. As a family, we are going to take necessary action against the involved officers," he said.

He said the inspector general of police, Joseph Boinet should intervene.

A neighbor, Agoko Opolo said that Henry Kimanthi was a land agent and taxi operator and not a thug as claimed by police.

“They came out with crude weapons because their neighbor had alerted them that thugs were breaking into his bar. Police should have arrested instead of killing them,” he added.

He said police did not recover any stolen items except the weapons they were holding innocently.

Msambweni acting OCPD, Mike Mwaura said police killed the two after receiving a tip that about eight thugs were planning to rob Darling petrol station.

He dismissed claims that the two were locals and insisted that they were among other suspects who have been terrorizing locals at Darling area in Diani.

“They were armed with pangas, rungus, arrows and bows. Police were alerted and responded but when they were told to surrender they defied orders and instead shot at police with arrows before they were gunned down,” he said.

He said that other suspects escaped with gun wounds and asked health facilities to report any suspect who visits for medical attention.

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