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Tuesday, 30 Aug 2016 13:19 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Civil society groups in Mombasa have petitioned the Independent Police Oversight Authority to investigate three officers from Nyali Police Station who locals have implicated in the shooting death of a 16-year-old boy in Kongowea. The killing was committed two weeks ago. According to eyewitness accounts, the boy was walking home from a weeding party in the company of his friends when they realized a group of people hiding in a bush.
The young lads feared that the partially hidden men could be members of the Wakali Kwanza gang who had been terrorizing residents in the area for weeks, and so tried to run for their dear lives, only to hear shots being fired their way. It emerged that the hidden men were officers from the Nyali Station who had been deployed to apprehend members of the Wakali Kwanza gang. The boy was killed on the spot, and a postmortem on his body confirmed his death from gunshot wounds.
The director of the human rights group Haki Africa, Hussein Khalid, has asked IPOA to expedite the investigation into the killing and ascertain why the police officers acted the way they did. He cited the postmortem investigation by Coast General Hospital’s Dr Mbuko Ngali. “We have conducted a postmortem and it is confirmed that the boy was indeed shot twice,” Khalid told this writer, reporting that one bullet was lodged on the boy’s torso while another was shot to his face. The boy apparently broke his backbone in the shooting.
Mr Khalid added that the police had not denied their involvement in the killing but could not identify the officer responsible, which is why IPOA needed to intervene. The police have claimed that the boy was armed with pangas and other crude weapons and that the officer who killed him acted in self-defense, but Khalid dismissed this theory, which in any event would not justify the killing.
“The police had the option of arresting the boy instead of shooting him. We want IPOA to come and investigate the matter and charge anyone who is responsible for the death of the boy,” he said.