Families seek answers on kin missing in suspected land row

Family members of the two missing men outside the HAKI Africa offices in Mombasa PHOTO JANET MURIKIRA

Two families in Kanamai area of Kilifi County are seeking answers for their kin who were allegedly abducted two weeks ago.

The two men, Samuel Riyango aged 30 and Juma Said aged 26 had just left the Shanzu law courts where they had gone for the mention of a case where they are fighting eviction from a piece of land inhabited by 471 families .

According eye witnesses, the two men were forced to alight from a matatu before they were put into a Toyota fielder vehicle on 12th July.

The families  are now calling on security forces to help them trace their missing kin and provide extra security for them saying they are living in fear.

According to Hamisi Mbogo who is a neighbor to the two, they suspect that the disappearance has to do with the case as they had been threatened to stop following up on the matter.

Another man who had been following up on the case passed away last week following a short illness.

“They threatened Moses who had been following up on the case and when he went in hiding Samuel and Juma picked up and started following on the case” Hamisi said.

The family members who spoke to journalists on Monday said that community members who are following on the matter are constantly threatened by people well known to them.

This has forced some community members to go into hiding after fearing for their lives.

Haki Africa deputy executive Salma Hemed said it is unfortunate that security organs could not guarantee security of the community members who had reported the matter to them.

“ We want the police officers at Kijipwa police station to tell us where the missing young men are.And it is very unfortunate that some members can be forced to go into hiding for two years in a country where there are laws. “Salma said.