Human rights defenders at the Coast are closely following up on a recent killing of a bodaboda operator that is alleged to have been caused by inhuman police officers.
Hamis Juma, 49 was allegedly beaten and seriously injured by General Service Unity (GSU) officers at Likoni on Friday evening for allegedly disobeying the dusk to dawn curfew.
According to Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid, Juma was returning home from dropping a pregnant woman when he was accosted by police at Mkunazini area in Likoni where he was mercilessly subjected to a thorough beating.
Juma was later left unconscious by the security agents with his bodaboda on his side.
After gaining consciousness, he took his bodaboda and went back home at around 7:30 pm.
He complained to his family that he was beaten by police and that he feeling a lot of pain in his stomach and all over his body.
Juma would spend the whole night at his home and on Saturday morning he was taken to Kwale hospital but was later transferred to Msambweni county hospital where he was scheduled to undergo an X-ray.
Juma succumbed to the suspected internal injuries at the Msambweni county hospital before the X-ray could be done.
The family is now calling on the government to ensure justice prevails.
Mr. Khalid who was accompanied by Matuga Member of Parliament Kassim Sawa Tandaza, Haki Africa Board member Yusuf Abubakar and the organisation’s Rapid Response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta said they were pursuing the incident to ensure justice prevails.
[The late Juma’s body being transferred to CGPH for postmortem. (closer, in black t-shirt) is Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
“We understand the postmortem will take place at the Coast general referral hospital on Monday and after we get the full report we will announce our course of action,” noted Mr. Khalid.
He said the national curfew has given the police a chance to violate human rights urging the police to fully protect to human right even as they carry on with their mandate.
“What we witnessed at the Likoni ferry on Friday was shocking, this must stop, Juma’s incident is just one of the many deaths and gross human rights violation conducted by the police,” noted Mr. Khalid.