16-yr-old boy allegedly shot dead by police to be laid to rest...

16-yr-old boy allegedly shot dead by police to be laid to rest as family seeks justice

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Late Tony's mother Ruth Syombua (center) listens as Kisauni Mp Rashid Bedzimba (left) addresses Governor Ali Joho (right) outside Nyali police station on 29th August 2016. PHOTO: COURTESY.

Mombasa, KENYA: The 16-year-old boy who was allegedly shot dead by police will be laid to rest at his home in Kitui on Saturday despite his death still being a mystery.

The death of  Tony Katana has raised a lot of eyebrows as investigations are said to have been allegedly interfered with  by police.

Speaking during the preparation of Tony’s final journey outside Coast General mortuary, HAKI Africa Executive Director Hussein Khalid urged legislators to work on the laws concerning police investigations.

“We are very saddened by what happened a few days ago, police refused to hand over the pallets of the bullets to IPOA and we are requesting the legislators present, when you go to parliament please do something about our law, police cannot investigate police,” he said.

Khalid added that they are not sure if the investigations will be conducted in the right manner.

“These laws that say police should conduct investigations on themselves as human rights activists we say must change, we are requesting leaders to assist Kenyans; issues of extrajudicial killings, issues of enforced disappearances have now become far too many,” he added.

Religious leaders and political leaders had joined the family and friends of the late Tony Katana on Friday as they did the final preparations of his burial.

Mombasa Women Representative Mishi Mboko condemned the killings and urged the government to ensure that human rights are not violated.

“These cases have become rampant it’s high time  the law took it’s its course, kama sheria ni msumeno basi iwe msumeno, we will not sit as leaders and watch our people suffer,” she said.

Mishi added that they are always accused of inciting people when they join human rights activists to condemn violations.

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho said they will not rest until they find the perpetrators and those who try to cover investigations.

“There are some people who continue sitting in their offices saying a boy like him who was shot dead, is a thug yet the themselves might be the thugs, I assure you that the law will catch up with them.” He said.

Governor Joho was accompanied by Mombasa Women Rep Mishi Mboko,Changamwe Mp Mwinyi Omar, Kisauni Mp Rashid Bedzimba and Malindi Mp Willy Mtengo together with HAKI Africa officials.

Reports of the postmortem conducted on 24th August 2016 and witnessed by family, HAKI Africa and police, confirmed that Tony died as a result of injury to the spinal cord which was caused by the bullet to the head.

READ MORE: Police accused of killing a 16-year old in Mombasa

According to the activists, at least 71 people have been killed or disappeared in unclear circumstances in the region.

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