Kenyan Soldiers accused of torturing Lamu residents

Posted: August 6, 2014 in Kenya News
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Leaders have accused soldiers and police of torturing Lamu residents in the ongoing joint
security operation.

The Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) were deployed after 94 people were killed in attacks by armed
gunmen.

Witu County Assembly Member Athman Badi told the Nation that 14 youths arrested in a swoop had complained of being assaulted while in police custody.

“Some said they were beaten with clubs (rungus) ,” added Mr Badi.

Passengers travelling in a matatu from Masalani in Garissa Town also alleged they had been beaten
by police officers on Monday, while on their way to Koreni Village.

A victim, Mr Abdi Nassir, said they were ordered to disembark from the vehicle at a police roadblock at the Kibaoni junction near Mpeketoni trading centre.

“We were ordered to return to our vehicle after a thorough beating by a group of officers at a
roadblock,” said Mr Nassir.

The security agencies were also accused of harassing Kenya Red Cross Society workers responding to the recent Tahmeed attack outside Witu Township, where nine people were killed.

Red Cross Lamu branch coordinator Abdulkadir Mohammed yesterday narrated their ordeal.

“Our team was responding to the attack and we were asked to lie on the ground. The officers were
very cruel to us. Not even the intervention of the Lamu County commissioner could stop them,” he added.

The Independent Police Oversight Authority (Ipoa) has deployed officers in the area to monitor the
operation.

A director with Ipoa, Mr Hared Adan, said they had sent a team to the Tana Delta and Lamu County to monitor the joint KDF and police operations.

Two weeks ago, junior police officers protested over an incident in Mokowe Township, where a
KDF soldier is said to have slapped an OCS.

“It is very embarrassing because our boss was slapped in public,” a police officer, who witnessed
the incident, said.

Sources: Daily Nation

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