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Old town residents living in fear after police raid

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[Haki Africa Deputy Executive Director Salma Hemed. Photo/Ahmed Omar].

Families in Old town area, Mombasa are living in fear after a recent police raid in the area.

According to the residents, people who identified themselves as police officers raided the area and ransacked their houses.

However, the security agencies did not take anything from them.

Haki Africa Deputy Executive Director Salma Hemed said the raid has sent the families into panic.

According to Ms Hemed, the situation remains delicate after the over five police officers raided three residential houses and warned the occupants of any repulse during the raid.

They ransacked the houses ordering everyone to remain calm and not to utter a single word.

The rights defender said the move has caused a lot of panic and the families have resorted to seeking refuge elsewhere.

Fear

“What if they come back and kill us,” said a frightened occupant of one of the residential houses.

Ms Hemed said though the human rights organisation does not object to any efforts from the police to battle insecurity in the county, they should cease the raid and follow the procedure.

“We have been working closely with security agencies in a bid to ensure peace and security prevails at grassroots level, however, with such incidents, we are only going back to the once volatile situation in the county,” she said.

She appealed to the police to work closely with the community so as to tame insecurity in the area.

Community forums

Hemed said only grassroots community forums to discuss peace and security issues will enhance coexistence and security within Old town area.

“Since the police destroyed property while conducting their operations, they should actually compensate the affected families,” she said.

The human rights organisation is still investigating the incident.

Hemed vowed to use all the avenues to ensure the families get justice.

She said police should come out clear on what they were looking for instead of terrorising locals.