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Return of forced disappearance? Eastleigh family whose son was found dead in a ditch cries for justice

The family of Ramadhan Bakari, 17, will today know the cause of his death when an autopsy will be done on his body.

It all started when Ramadhan Bakari, a Form Two student at Balozi Secondary School, was arrested alongside a friend by persons who introduced themselves as police officers on December 10, 2020 around 4 pm.

Bakari’s friend, who was also a business colleague, was released at around 11 pm from Pangani Police Station. But Bakari is reported to have bundled into another car and police took off with him.

Pangani Police Station, where Rukia Bakari reported her son’s disappearence on 12/12/2020 and was issued with an OB Number (inset). She claims an officer requested for KSh5,000 to “fuel the police car.” PHOTO/ TV47.

His mother, Rukiya Bakari, reported her first-born’s disappearance to the police but she received no assistance. At some point police asked her to pay fuel to launch a search mission. After struggling KSh2,000 to give the police for fuel, they still did nothing tangible.

A dead body that was discovered in an open field in Kasarani on Friday morning was removed to City Mortuary on same day. Rukiya confirmed her fears that Bakari might have been killed when she positively identified the body as that of his son.

Bakari’s body was bearing strangulation marks, pointing at a possible torture before his death.

The family is already pointing an accusing finger at the police, calling on the relevant authorities to investigate the murder and bring the perpetrators to book.

Bakari sold second hand clothes to fend for his family.

In what is seen as the return of forced disappearances in the country, similar cases have been on the rise in the month of December.

In less than a week, four people have disappeared this month after being taken into custody by people identifying themselves as police.

Seif Omar Abdallah, a 33-year-old man from Kisauni, Mombasa, was also arrested alongside two others by individuals armed with guns and grenades.


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