Human rights activist at the Coast have demanded the Senate Justice Legal Affairs and human rights Committee to visit Tsavo national park an unravel reasons why it has been turned into a dumpsite for innocent souls executed by police officers.
Led by Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid, they appealed to the Nandi Senator Samson Chrergei led Committee to swing in action and unearth what has been going on in the park.
Mr. Khalid when he appeared before the Committee on Wednesday expressed his shock in the manner which people who disappeared in the hands of authorities were always found killed and dumped in the park.
He said some of the people are killed from as far as the North Eastern part of the country and dumped at the park.
“In 2019 six badly mutilated bodies were found in the park and early in January, 2020 more four bodies were also found in the park,” he told the Committee.
The bodies of Juma Said Sarai, Khalfan Linuku, Abdallah Nassir Gatana and 19 year old boy Usamma Nassir were found badly mutilated and tied with ropes on the hands and legs.
The bodies also showed strangulations and were burnt with plastic materials.
“Most of these people are forcefully disappeared under the hands of security authorities,” he added as he gave narrated the chilling information to the committee.
He said the bodies are left to the world animals at the park.
Mr. Khalid also reiterated that such inhumane acts must stop.
He also revealed that Sokoke forest in Kilifi County has been turned into a dump site for people killed elsewhere by rogue police officers.
[From Left; Haki Africa RRO Mathias Shipetta, his Executive Director Hussein Khalid, IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori, Lawyer Yusuf Abubakar during the launch of Human rights report in January in Mombasa. File photo].
He said the recent data revealed police involvement in the killings.
According to the recent launched Haki Africa human rights report, 59 extrajudicial killing cases were reported at the Coast in 2019.
The report singled out police as the most involved in the arrests, torture, harassment and killing.
The Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) admitted that there are serious gaps in the National Police Service that have contributed to the killings.
It further admitted that most cases do not materialise in court because some of the witnesses are threatened by the same ‘killer’ police officers.
Among those who presented their fact findings are the Independent Medical Legal Unit (IMLU), Amnesty International among other human rights organisations and individuals.