Human rights defenders have scoffed at security agencies for inflicting pain and suffering to innocent Lamu locals.
Rights lobby, Haki Africa urged security officers to immediately cease the gross human rights violation in the county.
The security operation was launched after the brutally murder of a Police constable Hesbon Anunda who his badly mutilated at Kizingitini in Lamu barely a week ago.
Addressing journalists at Haki Africa offices in Mombasa the Organisation’s Executive Director Hussein Khalid said the situation is ugly and disturbing and must be immediately stopped.
Lost G-3 rifle
Security agencies have been searching for a G3 rifle loaded with 60 rounds of ammunition that was not recovered after the death of Anunda.
He urged the Independent Police Oversight Authority- IPOA to immediately launch investigations over the atrocities.
“How can Police officers senselessly beat everyone they come across? We strongly condemn the inhuman acts,” noted Mr. Khalid.
He said the rights Organisation will closely follow up on the matter, documenting all forms of human rights violation and gather adequate evidence to present to IPOA for urgent lawful actions.
“We are a country governed by law, let the police also obey. They will gather nothing from locals if they threaten or instill fear in them,” he disclosed.
A victim Badru Mohammed narrated how he was mercilessly beaten by police until he was unconscious.
“I was tilling my land at Mbwajumali area when I met the police, without asking me anything they hit me on the head, they mercilessly beat me until I was unconscious and they left me on my own lying on the road,” he painfully narrated the ordeal.
[Badru Mohammed showing his extremely whipped body. Photo.Ahmed Omar].
Mohammed disclosed that he was assisted by passersby who rushed him to the hospital for urgent medical attention.
Badru who is still nursing serious injuries all over his body has called for intervention to end the gross human rights violation in Lamu.
On his part, the Shungwaya Welfare Association Mohammed Mbwana called on the Interior Cabinet secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i to intervene and stop the victimization.
Kizingitini, Mbwajumali and Myabogi are the most affected areas where over 60 locals including 17 children are nursing serious injuries caused by police officers.
Most victims suffered broken legs and arms.
Meanwhile, Lamu County Commander Muchangi Kioi has assured the residents that police officers involved in the inhuman actions will be punished.