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Government not responsible for Mombasa youth disappearance-Kiraithe

Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe during press briefing in Mombasa. Photo/Maxwell Ngala

Government Spokesperson Eric Kiraithe has refuted claims that the Central   government was directly involved in youth mysterious disappearance in Mombasa.

Kiraithe said that security agents were investigating security concerns raised by ODM political leaders recently.

Speaking in Mombasa on Wednesday, Kiraithe scoffed at human rights defenders for blaming the government over the matter.

This was after ODM leaders complained over increased cases of mysterious disappearance of youth in Mombasa, Kwale and Kilifi Counties.

Likoni Member of Parliament Mishi Mboko said that the government should clearly and publicly reveal those behind the forced disappearance of youth in Mombasa.

She said that the cases have resurfaced and the government has never launched any serious investigations to unleash those directly responsible.

“We are simply playing hide and seek games, how can a person disappear and the state remains numb, who are these unknown people taking our children?” she posed.

On her part, Kwale Women representative Zuleikha Hassan appealed for an in depth investigation over the matter.

She said youth were the pillars of the Coast regional economy and development and if killed or disappear under unclear circumstances, the negative impact will be colossal.

But Kiraithe said that the government was up to the task and that the leaders should work closely with security details to unravel the matter.

“Only human rights defenders want to depict the government as the one responsible for the forced disappearance, it is a security concern and we are pursuing it,” he added.

The bickering between security agents and Coast political leaders come barely three weeks after the disappearance of a young Husni Mbarak at Majengo area in Mombasa.

Mbarak was reported to have been forced into a probox car by unknown armed people and according to his father Mbarak Khalid to date, the whereabouts of his 19 year old son remains a puzzle.