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Mombasa woman denies child kidnaping allegations

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[Sahra Aden accompanied by her lawyer and Human rights defender Francis Auma while addressing journalists in Mombasa on Saturday. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

A Mombasa woman has come out to deny social media rumours that she is a child kidnapper.

Sahra Aden who addressed the press in Mombasa on Saturday said she was shocked with rumours circulating in social media platforms that she is a child abductor.

She said she has reported the matter to the police noting that the allegations have created fear in her at a time child kidnapping rumours are rife in the region.

The distraught woman who was accompanied by her lawyer and a human rights activist said she is in shock and forced to move houses to avoid being attacked in a mistaken identity.

“The rumours circulating on social media that I am behind kidnappings with my photo are not true and malicious” she said.

Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) Rapid Response Officer Francis Auma said the allegations are serious and comes at a time three people were killed in Junju, Kilifi county being the latest victims of hysteria over rumours of being child kidnappers.

Auma asked the police to take the matter seriously and bring the spread of such baseless allegations on social media platforms to book.

Dire consequences

Ms. Aden’s lawyer Moulid Mohamed said rumours of child kidnappings are spreading across the Coastal region with serious consequences.

He asked the police to try and stop such messages that create public despondency, endanger people and debunk such rumours on social media.

Recently, Mombasa County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo issued a stern warning over such rumours adding that it has led to innocent people being attacked and killed for being suspected to be kidnappers.

[The message spreading on social media alleging that Sahra Aden is a child kidnapper. Photo/Courtesy].

“None should kill a citizen on such allegations, police are already pursuing the issue and will arrest those involved, however, the issue has been blown out of proportion,” he said.

At least four suspects alleged to have been spreading the rumours on social media among them Facebook and WhatsApp groups have been nabbed by police.