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Rights groups want to know killers of Muslim clerics

08 April 2014, 12:32 Rodgers Buluma

Mombasa - Human rights organizations in the coast have asked the national government to form a board to investigate the extrajudicial killings of religious leaders in the region.

Lead by the Muslim for Human Rights organization, MUHURI, the human rights activists are demanding an explanation as to why there have been prolonged killings of Muslim clerics in the coast under unclear circumstances.

Speaking to the media in Mombasa where representatives from different human rights organizations had gathered to discuss the issue, the MUHURI communications director, Mohamed Mwasaru said that the government has been ignoring the outcry of the slain religious leaders even after they raise alarm that their lives are in danger.

“We have lost over twenty lives by bullets from people claimed to be unknown. How can someone come from nowhere and shoot another without a valid reason? There must be a reason and intelligence in this country has the ability to show who and why he killed them,” said Mwasaru.

The activists insisted on having a special board formed after they claimed that the police have failed more than once to give out substantiating answers on who has been targeting religious leaders, citing the police report on the death of Aboud Rogo that did not indicate any suspect.

The calls to the government to carry out investigations and establish the cause of the killings comes just several days after activists joined hands and matched to central police station in Mombasa complaining that their lives are in danger.

This was after the Mombasa county commissioner, Nelson Marwa pointed out that some human rights organizations were using youths to cause havoc in the county, citing Haki Africa that is under the leadership of Hussein Khalid.

The activists have urged the president to intervene and provide a lasting solution within the shortest time possible.

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