Human rights activists alarmed by police brutality in Huruma


The brutality of officers at Huruma Police Station has attracted the attention of Amnesty International and human rights activists in the country with the latest victims of police force being a two-month-old baby and a young man who was clobbered to death on Saturday night.
The deceased young man was killed in Mbatini area in Mathare Area 10, while the baby was teargassed inside her parent’s house in Kiamaiko on Friday and latter rushed to a local clinic where she was treated overnight after developing breathing complications and nose bleeding.
The baby was discharged on Saturday morning.
The teargas exploded inside her parents’ house on second floor of a residential flat as her father attempted to throw it out.
The child’s father Shem Abdikadir said he was in the house after evening prayers with his wife and the child when a teargas canister landed inside their house and the whole house filled with fumes.
“I grabbed the canister and threw it outside and it exploded again. As I came back, the child had fainted and bleeding from the noses, and neighbours helped me rush her to a clinic where she was put on breathing support for an hour,”Abdikadir said.“She has been discharged but I was told to take her to Mama Lucy Kibaki Hospital on Tuesday because of the occasional bleeding.”
Human rights activist Rahma Wako says there where some boda boda riders on the road at about 7:45 pm but officers from Huruma Police Station on patrol to enforce curfew lobbed the teargas into the house instead.
Wako also said three young men are still missing after they were arrested in the area by officers from the same station last month.
Amnesty International’s Demas Kiprono said there is problem at Huruma Police Station as violations of human rights and extra judicial executions are on the rise.
Kiprono said a man was killed last week in the same area. The deceased is a caretaker of a building in the area who died at the Kenyatta National Hospital on Friday after he was shot on the leg by officers enforcing curfew.
He had heard a commotion outside his house and was shot after he stepped out to find out what was happening .A tenant who witnessed the shooting is said to have been arrested and locked up.
Kiptono said there are concerns about the police command in Huruma and failure for oversight.


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