July 13, 2020

Police Insists Family Members Gunned Down are Terror Suspects.

Crime scene. Image (Courtesy)

By PETER MWITA

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Coast region security committee has once again reiterated the man gunned down in Kwale alongside his two children was linked to terrorism activities even as human lobby group protests.
Mohammed Mapenzi was killed when anti terrorism police raided his house in Kibundani area where gunfire ensued leading to death of his two children and injuring other family members.
His wife who was shot in the stomach leading to death of eight month old foetus is still admitted at Msambweni hospital after an operation to remove the dead foetus.
Coast region commissioner John Elungata yesterday cautioned the human lobby group saying intention of security personnel is not to harm innocent lives but to pursue the criminals.

Coast Regional Coordinator John Elungata at a past function. Image: (Courtesy)

Elungata who spoke after receiving the report on human rights violations from Haki Africa ,said it was unfortunate the children were  caught up in crossfire and  lost their lives but blamed the suspect who used them as human shield while defending himself from security officials involved saying they were after the culprit and not the children.
“Our intention is to pursue the criminal element that we have identified and when it comes to issues of Alshabaab and terrorism we shall not relent against such a fight.
Haki Africa director Hussein Khalid said it was unfortunate the innocent children and foetus were caught up in security incident and urged the relevant authorities to investigate.
“We are sudden with recent case where a 6-year-old and 4-year-old children and even a eight fetus became victims of security incident. 
“We are requesting  the RC and police commander to personally intervened to ensure justice is done particularly for the innocent one who are got in the crossfire,” said Khalid. 
However, the RC said the incident was being investigated by multiple agencies including IPOA and confirmed whatever the results that comes out with will be implemented.
Elungata warned the lobby group that they should be cautious in handling terrorism issues at the coast that has since destabilize the security saying everyone should be at the forefront to fight the menace.
He further called on the lobby group to sensitize the residents against the killing of elderly people at the coastal region saying when it comes to such issues the lobby group voices  are not heard.
“I would also want Haki Africa to look at is involve themselves in such cases just like you do gender  based violence and other atrocities,” he said.
On Thursday an elderly couple was attacked in Jomvu by unknown assailants who bludgeoned them leaving the 70 year old man dead and his wife is admitted at ICU at coast general hospital.
The assailants did not take anything from the couple’s home.
The regional boss said the security officials will serve the public as required by the law.

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