KDF brutality victims appeal for justice

Written By: Eyob Mengistu

The civil society lobby group has promised to take the matter to the court on behalf of the victims.

Two Lamu residents are crying for justice after they were allegedly tortured by Kenya Defense Forces officers over suspected links to Al Shabaab.

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A Mombasa rights lobby says the victims, James Waweru and Eliud Kiarie are nursing serious injuries inflicted last week by the soldiers using nails and axes when they detained them for close to seven hours.

Narrating their ordeal the duo claims they were arrested on December 21 at 8 am and allegedly tortured for hours on end by a cavalry of KDF officers who accused them of supplying Al Shabaab with food and ammunition.

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The Muslims for Human Rights group (MIHURI) has threatened to take legal action against the officers for their brutality.

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But the victims said they earn a living by digging boreholes and have no links with the militants.

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The incident occurred Lango La Simba, Witu when they had come from another job in Garsen.

Waweru and Kiarie told Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) that the officers blindfolded and assaulted them. They have later put inside a container located in one of their camps in Witu during interrogation.

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The officers later released them but with serious injuries.

MUHURI has since recorded the matter at Witu police station and obtained OB number 10/23/12/2020.

MUHURI rapid response officer Francis Auma condemned the incident and said KDF officers, without apparent justification, tortured and brutalized the two innocent men and inflicted bodily harm on them.



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