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Leaders, activists plan demo against extra-judicial killings

04 July 2016, 08:05 Gabriel Ngallah

Mombasa - Political leaders and human rights Activists in Mombasa are planning a peaceful demo on Monday to condemn the increasing cases of human rights violations in the country, especially disappearance and execution of innocent people.

Led by Mombasa Senator Omar Hassan and Mvita Member of Parliament Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir, the leaders decried the increased cases of police brutality at the Coast insisting that the government should answer the many questions from families who have lost their loved ones.

In a joint press conference held at the Kenya Human Rights Commission Coast regional offices in Mombasa Sunday, Mvita legislator Abdulswamad Sharrif Nassir said that police have played a bigger role in intimidating and killings of innocent people at the coast only to give excuse that they were fighting terrorism.

"The recent incident in Malindi where one Sultan Rashid was killed by anti-terror police and three innocent youths arrested and tortured only to be told later that it was a case of mistaken identity was a pure depiction of gross human rights violation in the region," said Nassir.

Nassir said that the demos are just but the beginning of a series of events aimed at pushing for reforms to ensure that police work under the confines of the constitution without violating the rights of innocent people.

Read Also: Names of 3 policemen accused of killing lawyer Willy Kimani released

The legislator, who has been very vocal on human rights issues at the Coast said that ignoring such unfortunate gross human rights violation in the region is condemning Coast people to live under jokers.

"We urge the government to stop such painful brutality on our people," he said.

Speaking in the same conference, Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar wanted the government to form a Commission of inquiry to determine the basis for such extra judicial killings.

"We are tired of burying our loved ones," added Omar.

On his part, human rights icon and Haki Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid expressed his concerns over the manner in which the government is fighting insecurity in the Country.

Khalid challenged the government to value human rights as stipulated in the current constitution.

"We are calling on the government to investigate the kilings of lawyer Willy Kimani, his taxi driver Joseph Muiruri and a complainant Josephat Mwenda who were tortured and murdered in cold blood," added Khalid. 

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