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13 forced disappearance cases reported in Garissa, MUHURI wants victims produced

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[MUHURI Executive director Hassan Abdille addressing the press while Rapid response Officer Francis Auma looks on. Photo/ Davis Mbunga]

A total of 13 cases of forced disappearance and abduction have been reported in Garissa since the beginning of the year.

The incidents occurred in Dadaab, Ijara and Garissa Township.

Locals suspects either security agents or Al-Shabab militiamen are involved since the captives were driven away in vehicles.

While on a fact finding mission in Garissa, Muslims for Human Rights-MUHURI Officers led by the Executive director Hassan Abdille said that the identity of those who disappeared are yet to be established while their whereabouts remains a puzzle.

According to Mr. Abdille the reemergence of such human rights violation in the North Eastern part of Kenya is worrying and has instilled fears among locals.

Both Police County Commander Alfred Angengo and Garissa County Commissioner Mwangi Meru did not respond to calls.

“In January, three disappeared in Dadaab, five in Ijara and five others abducted on Monday night in a latest incident,” revealed Mr. Abdille.

Mr. Abdille demanded protection for the missing 13 and urged Garissa top security agents to produce them.

“This needs a holistic intervention, citizens have a right to be protected. Where do these people go?” noted Abdille in Garissa town on Tuesday.

The human rights lobby launched its office in Garissa to gather, document and take necessary legal actions to end gross human rights violation in the Northern part of Kenya.

MUHURI also launched awareness campaign to the community about their rights, forced disappearance, extrajudicial killings, land injustice and child neglect.

Cases of extrajudicial killings are common in North Eastern and Coast regions.

The human rights defender revealed that there have been illogical arrests and prolonged pre-trial detentions.

“We have experienced serious challenges in legal representation, these are some of the issues we want amicably addressed,” Abdille said.

MUHURI rapid response Officer Francis Auma said they will cooperate with criminal justice actors on human rights issues.

He said “The newly launched office will coordinate these cases and ensure speedy trial,”

The organisation’s gender and children rights Officer Topister Juma said poor cultural practices triggered Gender Based Violence in the area.

“Women should be fully involved in leadership as this will end the vices,” she said.