A family in Mombasa is seeking information on the whereabouts of their 46 old business man and a father after he disappeared a month ago under unclear circumstances.
Speaking to the media at HAKI Africa offices in Mombasa, the family of David Taitumu led by his wife Regina David appealed to the government to use available surveillance including CCTV cameras in Mombasa to find him.
According to Regina, David was allegedly seen at Coast academy by an eye witness who confessed that the victim was nabbed by armed men, believed to be the police, who broke his car window and forced him out into another car and since then his whereabouts remain unknown.
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 cried that her husband had never been convicted of any criminal offense and his disappearance has reigned fears in the family.
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 where six people have been reunited back with their families but 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
By Joseph Kamolo