Human rights group calls for protection of Al shabaab returnees

Human rights group calls for protection of Al shabaab returnees

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Mombasa, KENYA: Human rights organisation Haki Africa has condemned the ongoing killings of ex members of al-shabaab, who surrendered to the police after the announcement of a police amnesty last year.

Many people have so far surrendered and more are  still surrendering but the organisation claims their security is at stake as suspected members of the al-shabaab are out for their lives.

Speaking to Baraka FM on Thursday, Francis Auma the program director Haki Africa, said it is the responsibility of the police to protect them and assure them of their safety as more surrender.

Auma has also advocated for community policing, saying citizen participation will easily help identify the alleged Al-shabaab members that are conducting the killings.

“We want the people protected since it is a government move that brought these people back, the government should therefore be responsible for their lives,” said Auma as he applauded the amnesty.

Speaking at Diani police station in Kwale county on Wednesday, the Director of Criminal investigations Ndegwa Muhoro said the government has an ongoing program that seeks to find out how the people who surrendered are coping.

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The amnesty which is still on, has seen many people from the coastal region reunite with their families after retreating from the terrorist group.