Human rights lobby Muslims for Human Rights has appealed for the removal of former Mombasa police commandant Johnstone Ipara.
Ipara graced an evening dinner organised by various stakeholders in Mombasa to bid him farewell.
He was transferred to Uasin Gishu County after reports indicated that financial transactions and documents confiscated at suspected drug lord Ali Punjani in the recent bungled anti-drug operations were traced back to him.
According to MUHURI Chairperson Khelef Khalifa, it is during Mr. Ipara’s reign that 24 people were killed extrajudicially while 10 others disappeared in unclear circumstances.
The most painfully narration according to the rights defenders was that of Caleb Espino Otieno who according to witness reports he was murdered right at Changamwe police station by two inhumane police officers.
“Espino was clobbered, punched, and kicked to his death. The officers allegedly pushed Espino who hit a metal box, never to wake up again,” revealed Mr. Khalifa.
He said there has been deliberate attempt to delay justice since Ipara being the County police commander never took any lawful actions against the killer cops.
“It is still in the same month that police under the watch of Mr. Ipara shot at point-blank, murdered in cold blood three brothers in Utange Bilal Ndaro, 17, Kenga Masha, 19, and Juma Kazungu, 18,” added Mr. Khalifa.
However, Ipara insisted that the three were ‘armed and dangerous’ who have been terrorising locals in Mombasa, defense that human rights defenders termed ‘useless’
MUHURI also accused police of exterminating 27 year old Amani Munga at Mtopanga in Kisauni.
Ipara said Munga was part of a youth gang that slashed Bamburi residents barely two weeks ago.
“Our investigations revealed that police arrested Munga but chose to end his life. Even if he was an attacker or accomplice as Ipara claimed, why didn’t police arraign him as they did to others?” noted Mr. Khalifa.
Khalifa also unleashed a list of more inhumane police acts under Ipara watch that on January 29, they brutally shot dead Shee Hassan, 25, five times on the head and the chest. The murder occurred at Barsheba, Kisauni after the deceased disagreed with his brother over the control of Sh3 million house.
[Former Mombasa County police commandant Johnstone Ipara. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
Samini Karisa, 37, and Hussein Duke, 35, were among four people police shot while dispersing a crowd at Mikindani in Changamwe last year April. Duked died instantly while Karisa later succumbed to gunshot wounds.
Modi Shume was murdered by police outside his home at Mtongwe last year April while Abdi Dahir Mire was murdered at Likoni, March last year.
Seven unknown male persons were also found with gunshot wounds, believed to have been inflicted by police, in Likoni March last year.
“It worth noting that these murders occurred after the deceased had been put under police custody,” he revealed.
There have also been at least 10 disappearances during Ipara’s reign. People who identified themselves as cops captured them all, according to witnesses.