Transport activities were paralysed along the Bamba – Kilifi road on Friday after Human rights defenders staged a protest following controversial death of a pregnant minor inside Bamba police cells, in Kilifi County.
Led by Human rights Lobby Haki Africa, the protesters criticised Bamba police officers for trying to cover up the inhuman incident.
Margaret Masha, 17 is said to have committed suicide inside Bamba police cells on Monday, claims that the human rights defenders drawn from Haki Africa and Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) strongly oppose.
Speaking during the protests Haki Africa Deputy Executive Director Salma Hemed said it is impossible for Margaret to commit suicide while her legs properly stepped on the floor of the police cells.
She further revealed that blood was oozing from her private parts an indication that she suffered internal injuries.
[Police trying to calm down angry protesters at Bamba in kilifi County. Photo/Atrash Mbwana].
“It is clear that police had a hand in Margaret’s death, we will not at any point accept such inhumanity among the police service, we will explore all the avenues in ensuring justice prevails,” she said.
On his part, Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta said the human rights organisation is not relenting in seeking justice for the late Margaret.
“There is no provision in the law or the constitution that allows police to kill us, but it has become the norm for the police service, we are not relenting but fight for Margaret’s rights,” reiterated Mr. Mathias.
He said they have already filed a complaint to the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) and joint hands with the Independent Legal Medical Unit (IMLU) among other human rights organisations to ensure all police officers involved are punished.
“We want this matter properly investigated and all those culpable punished,” noted Mathias.
Margaret’s Mother Joyce Masha said she was chased away from the police station only to be informed the next day that her daughter hanged herself using a piece of cloth inside Bamba police cells.
She appealed to the human rights organisation to help her seek justice for her daughter.
She also urged Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i to intervene and help her get justice for her daughter.