Communist Party of Kenya comrades during a recent protest in Siaya County/ GEORGE OWITI
Communist Party of Kenya (CPK) has protested what they termed as unlawful arrests and detention of their two comrades in Bamburi, Mombasa County.
The party through a press statement on Sunday condemned Gacheke Gachiki and Brian Mathenge’s arrests stating that both were its cadres.
The statement was signed by the party’s vice chairperson Booker Omole.
“On August 7th 2021, Gacheke and Brian were violently arrested and illegally detained at Bamburi police station in Mombasa, their crime was asking the Bamburi traffic police, Mr. Sammy Monyonjo to stop harassing a photographer by the name Davis Tafari who was taking photos at an accident scene near Bamburi Cement factory. Davis Tafari is a photographer known for documenting extra judicial killings and police brutality. So he is a marked man by the security forces, the statement read in part.
Communist Party of Kenya vice chairperson Booker Omole addressing the press at party offices in Nairobi recently/ GEORGE OWITI
It continued, “Today August 8th 2021, the Communist Party of Kenya and Kenya Tuitakayo leadership visited the two comrades at Bamburi police station. We were shocked that the police were threatening to press assault charges even after illegally detaining both of them. Activism is not illegal in our country, activism is a noble thing to help expose the excesses of a rogue state.
Today is the second night the two comrades will be spending in illegal police detention, the station OCS, Mr. Ezekiel Rotich refused totally to give them cash bail or a police bond. Tafari’s camera remained confiscated by the station OCS Mr. Rotich. Bamburi Police station is notorious for rampant police kidnapping, many young people have been disappeared, it’s a daily struggle for locals dealing with police extortion and fabricated charges.”
Omole indicated that the party released the statement to tell Rotich and his police accomplice Monyonjo that in the event that the two comrades faced any harm while in custody, both of them will be held personally responsible.
“That tomorrow they have to make up their mind to prosecute the comrades or let them free unconditionally.”
“Today we appeal to all our networks, Kenyan masses to help put more pressure, you can send a message to both policemen who obviously are suffering from the hangover of the dark Moi era to follow the law. To be clear with them that all citizens have right to police bond and that temporary police powers to hold suspects in custody should not be abused by the law enforcers,” Omole said.
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