Kilifi cops unleashed terror when they faced off with squatters at Mtwapa on Tuesday.
Police shot three people, including a four-year-old child when they supervised squatters’ eviction and demolition of their properties.
Police shot the kid on ribs, witnesses said, adding another victim – Karisa Baya – sustained gunshot wounds on the neck. Baya’s friend got a bullet in his hand.
MUHURI witnessed police lobbying teargas and firing in the air. Rapid response officer Francis Auma said, “Cops used live bullets, attracting the anger of residents. The scene had dozens of spent cartridges.” It is not the first time cops have used lethal force against unarmed civilians, Auma said. “It’s always bloodied.”
Live media footages showed police arresting Shanzu MCA Samuel Ndago, who earned his freedom after paying Sh200,000 bond.
Squatters have protested eviction from the land they are occupying, saying they have lived there for two decades. Salim Kasim said his mother, Rehema, was killed in 2001 over the land.
“The parcel had been sold to her by the father of the person driving us away,” he said.
Police, however, said a court order had been obtained to drive about 20 families from the disputed.
Auma cautioned police against excesses. He said the destruction of property and eviction was inhuman.