Residents of Utange in Bamburi, Mombasa County are leaving in fear following cases of heinous attacks and killings reported in the area for the last three weeks.
The Angry residents staged a peaceful demonstration protesting against the recent killing of a local businessman who was hacked to death under unclear circumstances in the area.
Cyrus Murunga a father of four was mercilessly killed by a group of armed goons allegedly hired by a local land broker to evict them from a parcel of land facing ownership controversies in the area.
The deceased son Ray Murunga says he was informed that his father had been attacked by hired goons while pleading with them not to demolish his business premises where he operated a bar.
Upon arrival Ray found his father with deep cuts on the head lying on a pool of blood in front of his business premises.
“Unfortunately my father died on the way to hospital and his remains have been preserved at Coast General Hospital Morgue,” said Ray.
The residents claimed the goons were escorted into the area by a team of GSU officers said to have been hired by the land broker to oversee eviction of the residents leaving as squatters from the land at 10.00 PM Monday night.
The goons whose numbers could not be confirmed descended on the residents with pangas and rungus under the watch of GSU officers, injuring several of them before hacking to death Murunga known to run a bar and restaurant at Seven Star area in Utange, Kisauni Sub-County.
That was the fourth attack and eviction under the watch the GSU officers who claim to be following orders from above.
Charo Kombe and Piago Baya narrated how the hired goons under the tight security of the GSU officers invaded the squatters living on the disputed land at night armed with crude weapons and wreaked havoc on helpless residents which resulted to the death of one of their own.
[The scene where Cyrus Murunga was murdered. Photo/Ahmed Omar].
The residents are now calling on Interior Cabinet Secretary Dr. Fred Matiang’I to investigate how the security officer are being used by a private land developer to destroy their property through night raids which has led to injuries and deaths.
Wrangles between the squatters and the said land broker over the three acre piece of land ended in court early last year with the court issuing several orders stopping any form of eviction until the hearing case and determination of the case.
However, last week the land broker who claimed to have received an order suspending the current status quo orders used the GSU and the goons who flattened and burnt several houses leaving women and children homeless.
The eviction was a breach of a court order issued by Mombasa magistrate’s court on 30th January, 2020,
Meanwhile, families of the killed businessman are now seeking for justice as they called on the government to investigate and prosecute those suspected to have orchestrated the heinous killing.