A Mombasa man who was caught in a viral video being tortured has recorded his statement with the police.
Evans Odhiambo says that on the fateful day, in September 2020, he trespassed into Ajab Unga Factory’s premises in Shimanzi, but denies that he is a thief.
“Ilikuwa mwendo wa saa kumi na mbili, katika harakati ya kupita ndo hao jamaa wakanifukuza wakanishika. Akanifunga kamba akaanza kunipiga akisema nimeiba na mimi namwambia sijaiba. Sikuiba, walinisingizia tu wakaanza kunipiga. (It was around 6 pm when I was just passing by and the security guards started chasing after me and arrested me. They tied me using a rope and started flogging me, saying that I was a thief. I tried to plead with them that I am not a thief but they didn’t listen),” narrates Evans Odhiambo.
In the viral video, Swabir Abdulaziz Mohamed is seen torturing Evans Odhiambo. Mohamed tied Evans’ hands and neck to an electricity pole using a rope, and then started flogging him while pouring hot plastic from a burning mosquito net on him.
Mohamed, 33, was arrested on Monday, April 5 after the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) ordered for his apprehension.
After the ordeal, Evans says that he was badly injured and it took him four months to heal. During this time, he was unable to fend for himself and it took the kind heart of his friends who chipped in with some money to buy food.
“Baada ya hapo nilimaliza miezi minne kama sifanyi kazi. Mda wote huu nilikuwa nauguza majeraha, rafiki zangu ndo walikuwa wananisaidia na 50, 100 ili niweze kula. After the ordeal, I nursed the injuries for four months. My friends used to help me with KSh50, KSh100 to buy food because I was unable),” added Evans.
After his arrest, Mohamed told police that he handed the suspect to two police officers whom he cannot identify or remember the police stations where they are attached.
The DCI has since established that no such report was filed in any police station within Mombasa on the material day.
“Further, in the victim’s state, there isn’t a Police Station that would have booked him before he was treated,” says the DCI.
Mohamed, who works as a security guard at the factory, will be arraigned today to answer to charges of causing grievous harm. The DCI says that the charge of attempted murder is also being considered.