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Rights group wants Mtwapa ‘killer’ cops nabbed

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[Haki Africa Deputy Executive director Salma Hemed (C) with the organisations Rapid response Officer Mathias Hezron Shipetta addressing journalists. Photo/ Pauline Kwamboka].

Human rights lobby has called for an immediate arrest of Police officers accused of killing two squatters during an eviction on Monday.

Haki Africa said there was excessive use of force that led to the killing of two people with five more seriously injured.

Haki Africa Executive director Hussein Khalid said police ought to have applied rubber bullets or teargas in implementing the court order.

Complaint filed to IPOA

He said the rights defenders have already filed a complaint to the Independent Police Oversight Authority-IPOA for immediate investigations and arrest of Police officers involved in the reckless killings of two people.

[A 7 year old boy, a victim of police shooting. Photo/Pauline Kwamboka].

“It is truly unbelievable for Police officers to shoot and injure a seven year old boy, actions must be taken against these ‘rogue Police officers,” he said.

The Human rights defender said Haki Africa is till pursuing the incident and will by all means seek justice for the victims.

A video recorded during the clash shows anti- riot Police officers engaging the squatters in running battles, shooting indiscriminately and felling a person who was scampering for his safety.

In the video, locals are heard yelling begging for the anti-riot police cease shooting at them.

Police employed shoot to kill tactic

On her part, Haki Africa Deputy Executive director who is also the organisation’s Gender and children’s rights defender Salma Hemed said they collected eight  cartridges that were used during the shooting.

[Some of the cartridges collected by haki Africa rights group/Photo/Pauline Kwamboka].

“Live bullets were used in evicting the squatters, police went there to shoot and kill and not to evict the squatters,” she noted.

The two acre land is at the centre of dispute.

The case has been active in court since 2011 and the eviction order is said to have been issues four years ago.

Locals have initiated their businesses and constructed permanent houses on the parcel of land in dispute.

The fracas led to the arrest of Kilifi county Assembly Shimo la Tewa ward representative Samuel Ndago who confronted the anti-riot police officers during the eviction.

Ndago was later released on sh. 200,000 cash bail.