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Haki Africa to sue government over Kwale killings

[Haki Africa Rapid Response Officer Mathias Hezron SHipetta (R), the Organisation's Executive Director Hussein Khalid (C) with a victim of the Kibundani incident at Msambweni hospital. Photo/Atrash Bwana].

Human rights organisation Haki Africa will sue the government over the Saturday killing of two minors.

The human rights lobby has already secured the services of lawyer Yusuf Abubakar to file a suit against the government over the injuring of four people during the Saturday dawn security operation at Kibundani, Kwale County.

Police were trailing suspected Al-shabab recruiter Mohammed Ramadhan Chitswa who according to police used his children as shield during the operation.

Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said police ought to have tackled their target, Mohammed Ramadhan Chitswa and not his minors, Swalha Ramadhan, 4 and Ramadhan Chitswa aged 6.

During the Saturday dawn operation police also killed a fetus after shooting on the stomach a pregnant Mwanahalima Mwachili, wife to the deceased.


“We don’t oppose any police efforts against terrorism but we do not condone such inhuman acts where minors are dragged into such dehumanising encounter, we are moving to court,” noted Mr. Hussein when he visited both Kwale and Msambweni morgues where the four bodies were taken.

[Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid (Right) at Msambweni referral hospital. Photo/Atrash Bwana].

He said three relatives to the deceased Mohammed Ramadhan, Said Abdallah and Khalfan Ramadhan sustained serious injuries and are currently receiving urgent treatment at Msambweni referral hospital in Kwale county.

“We demand an explanation from the Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’i to the public about this particular incident,” disclosed the human rights defender.

Haki Africa has already filed a complaint to the Independent Police Oversight Authority-IPOA, urging the public body to move with speed in investigating the incident.

Together with Human Development Agenda- HUDA, Haki Africa criticised security agencies for recklessly conducting their security operation causing injuries and killing minors.

Msambweni OCPD Nehemiah Bitok admitted that police mistakenly killed the minors.