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Missing Mombasa matatu operator’s body found at Thika hospital mortuary

[The late Fahmi Bakari Shekuwe. Photo/Courtesy].

The body of a Mombasa matatu operator Fahmi Bakari Shekuwe who went missing on December, 3, 2021 at Mazeras along the Mombasa-Nairobi highway has been found.

The family positively identified Shekuwe’s body at the Thika Level four hospital morgue, and by Sunday evening they were being assisted by Human rights lobby Haki Africa to transport the body to Mombasa for burial.

Fahmi together with his two colleagues Bakari Masuo and Hussein Mohammed vanished in unclear circumstances around Mazeras area along the Nairobi-Mombasa highway on December, 3.

On January, 12 this year, Masuo’s body was found at City mortuary in Nairobi and was buried at his Mwandoni home, while the whereabouts of Hussein Mohammed remains a puzzle.

Masuo’s body was fully of injuries and pathologists autopsy report showed he was tortured and later killed by suffocation.

The three had gone to Thika to purchase a matatu to be used in their public transport business where Masuo alias Tajiri was the proprietor while Mohammed the driver and Shekuwe the conductor.

Their private vehicle was found abandoned at Maungu area along Mombasa- Nairobi highway, in Taita Taveta county.

Police, later said they towed the vehicle to Voi police station since no one was inside and at no point the surroundings suggested that the vehicle was involved in an accident.

The kin together with Haki Africa demanded for answers from security agencies expressing fears that police were involved in the enforced disappearances, a common issue within the Coast region.

However, police denied involvement in the disappearance of the three.

Coast regional police Commander Manase Musyoka said police were pursuing the matter since the family had reported the three as missing persons.

“We will work together with the family to ensure this matter is solved,” noted Mr Manase.

However, human rights defenders questioned the manner in which police were investigating the whole scenario.

Haki Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid said the cases are on the rise without any amicable solution from the government.

“Everyone now lives in fear since police brutality is allover where people are abducted and forcibly disappeared, however, the government has denied being involved,” he said.

Mr Khalid appealed to the Kenyan security agencies to solve the extra-judicial killings issue if indeed it is not involved in the gross human rights violation.

Meanwhile, Shekuwe is set to be buried at the family’s home in Mwandoni, Kisauni Sub-County, Mombasa on Monday under the Islamic rituals, according to the family.