Muslims for Human Rights-MUHURI has issued a 14 day altimatum to the Independent Police Oversight Authoirity –IPOA to charge police officers who allegedly killed a Mikindani tout Caleb Otieno Espino at Changamwe police station.
Otieno was arrested at Mikindani on 18th of September 2018, and was locked up at the Changamwe police station after the officers demanded money which he did not have.
According to witnesses Espino was locked in, Changamwe police officers hit him hard and pushed him to a metal rod where he hit and badly injured his head which according to witness statements led to severe bleeding and to his death.
Police denied responsibility
However, police denied responsibility saying Espino, 42 at the time of his death was pronounced dead while on arrival at the Coast general referral hospital.
Postmortem reports indicated that Espino suffered severe internal bleeding due the multiple injuries, in the head, he also suffered broken ribs as a result of a thorough beating, he also sustained serious injuries on the chest, lungs and at the back of his body.
In the postmortem processes that was pushed by MUHURI and witnessed by 19 parties led by government Chief pathologist Doctor Johansen Oduor, Espino’s death was caused multiple severe injuries inflicted in his body.
“IPOA is in posses of all statements recorded by its own officers, all the medical and postmortem and investigation reports, so why does it take a whole year to arrest and prosecute perpetrators?” posed MUHURI Chairperson Khelef Khalifa.
He said the human right organisation will move to court lest IPOA fails to take any legal actions against the police officers involved in killing Espino.
“IPOA’s laxity has led to gross human rights violation at the Coast, as rights defenders, we will not stay mum but take legal actions against the public body,” added Mr. Khalifa.
Early this month, Espinos mother failed to collect her sons ‘shadow’ after she arrived in Mombasa.
[The late Caleb Espino Otieno who was allegedly killed by police Officers at Changamwe police station. Photo/MUHURI.]
Collecting shadow in the luo community entails collecting all the belongings where a person lived before death.
The mother collapsed and was taken for urgent medical treatment by the rights lobby.
MUHURI is currently preparing the necessary legal documents to file a suit against IPOA lest the public body does not charge all the police officers involved in killing Espino.