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Police should admit killing Mikindani tout- rights group

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[Haki Africa Rapid Response officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta. Photo/Courtesy].

Human rights group Haki Africa has asked police to admit killing Jacob Kituku, Mikindani tout who was shot by police barely a week ago.

The human rights lobby also wants Police officers involved to be arrested and charge before court.

Haki Africa Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta said according to the postmortem conducted on the two bodies of Jacob Kituku and Simon Kinyua it is evident that Kituku was shot while on duty and he was not among the suspected M-Pesa shop raiders

Speaking in Mombasa on Thursday, Shipetta said Kituku was shot once on his chest compared to Kinyua who was shot eight times.

He said police should openly admit that they killed Kituku and let the law take its course.

“We believe Kituku was mistakenly executed by police as he was a well known tout at Mikindani in Mombasa,” noted Mr. Shipetta.

He said the human right lobby has already taken the matter to the Independent Police Oversight Authority-IPOA to conduct an independent investigation and take necessary lawful action.

[A  bullet which was lodged in Jacob Kituku’s body. Photo/ Courtesy/Haki Africa].

However, Mombasa County police commandant Johnston Ipara said the two were wanted suspects who targeted M-Pesa shops in Mombasa.

He said police will not relent but properly pursue all criminal gangs to curb insecurity in the county.

“It is either you repent and go to church or mosque or you meet us, we do not fear you if you come with a pang we will definitely respond with a panga,” noted Mr. Ipara.

However, the human rights defenders are yet to consume any information that Kituku was a suspected criminal.

The body of the late Kituku is expected to be interred at his Makindu home, Makueni County after being removed from the Coast general referral hospital morgue.