Mombasa family seeks whereabouts of kin who went missing a month ago

Regina David holds a picture of David Taitimu who went missing a month ago. The family is seeking information on his whereabouts./COURTESY

A family in Mombasa is seeking information on the whereabouts of a 46 year-old businessman who disappeared a month ago under unclear circumstances.

David Taitimu, a husband and father of two, is said to have been last seen at Coast Academy by an eye witness who claims that he was nabbed by armed men believed to be police.

The witness said that the men broke David’s car window and forced him out into another car. His whereabouts remain unknown since then.

Speaking to the media at HAKI Africa offices in Mombasa, the family, led by his wife Regina David appealed to the government to use available surveillance including CCTV cameras in Mombasa to find him.

Regina said she and other close family members reported the matter to the police but have not received any credible information about their kin.

“If my husband has committed any crime, let the proper channels be followed including being taken to court for due prosecution,” said Regina.

She said he is a business man, a husband and a father who is the sole provider of the family of two children at the university.

HAKI Africa Executive Director Khalid Hussein said there have been 19 cases of persons disappearing since the beginning of the year with only six people being reunited with their families while 13 remain unaccounted for.

He said the recent disappearance of David has sparked anguish among the family members and the public since locals live in fear following the arrests and disappearances.

“We call upon the government to protect its people and incidences of police brutality should stop and those found guilty face the full force of the law for contravening human rights,” said Khalid.