A total of 59 people were killed at the Coast in 2019.
This is according to a report released by Human rights organisation, Haki Africa.
The report released on Thursday singled out police as the most involved in extra judicial killings in the year.
The report that was handed to the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) revealed that a total of 41 of the cases are hugely suspected to have been committed by police while 12 by criminal gang members.
Speaking during the Launch, Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid disclosed that the figures were high in 2019 compared to 2018 where 54 lives were lost in unclear circumstances.
“There were 43 cases of extra judicial killings in 2019 that involved the police compared to 29 cases reported and documented in 2018,” disclosed Mr Khalid.
There were 11 killings that involved criminal gangs in 2019 compared to 14 cases reported and documented in 2018.
“A total on 11 cases of forced disappearance were reported in 2019 compared to 9 in 2018 and the figures are soaring,” he divulged.
The Kenya Navy officers were also implicated in 37 torture cases in the same year indicated the 46 page document.
[A photo of two bodies in a police vehicle after two people were shot dead recently in Kisauni, Mombasa. Photo/ Ahmed Omar].
These cases were investigated and documented in all the 6 counties across the region with Mombasa leading the atrocities trail.
Mr. Khalid expressed his shock in the manner in which security agencies mandated to protect locals were actually committing the atrocities.
He singled out a March 2019 incident where 6 decomposing bodies of male adults were found at Tsavo West National park in Taita Taveta County.
Gross human rights violation
“One of these incidents involved police officers who visited the home of a pregnant woman Dama Chango, 23, at Kaloleni in Kilifi County, they beat and seriously injured her, she later complained of severe pain and died two weeks later,” noted the human rights defenders.
The report also revealed the Killings of Hesbon Okemwa a police officer in Lamu County and a DCI officer who was also killed in Taita Taveta county.
The detailed human rights report also reveals the execution of minors in Likoni, Majengo and Kisauni within Mombasa County.
Khalid now wants IPOA and other relevant authorities to pursue all the reported cases and explain to the public its course of action.
“We have demonstrated, pleaded and cried to the government to stop these inhuman acts but to the deaf ears,” he charged.
However, IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori revealed that they have already convicted 6 police officers.
“We cannot distance ourselves from these findings and we have already closed 6 cases with more 67 cases pending and which we are working on them,” she noted.
[Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid addressing journalists during the launch of brutally report in mombasa. Photo/Atrash Mbwana].
She said IPOA is closely working with human rights organisations to tame violation of human rights in the Coast region and countrywide.
The human rights body now wants a cease to the extra judicial killings, increased human rights space and dialogues at grassroots level.
Haki Africa also wants an expansion of civic space, review of prevention of torture Act and improvement of security within the Coast region.