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Missing Moi university students might have been radicalized

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NAIROBI, Kenya, Oct 27 – Police now fear that four Moi University main campus students who have been missing since last month might have been radicalised.

Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdi Hassan says preliminary investigations show that the authorities were unable to trace the students but efforts were being made to find them.

Though he did not divulge a lot of information on the matter, Hassan said the intelligence gathered so far indicates the students have been radicalised.

He says investigations were launched immediately after their parents reported that their children were missing.

“We have received reports of the four missing students…investigations are ongoing,” he stated.

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A section of human rights defenders have accused police of extra-judicial killings though the government has insisted that majority of missing youths in the country might have joined Al-Shabaab militia in Somalia.

The government has since raised alarm over increased levels of radicalisation targeting students, who eventually join terror groups in pursuing their evil missions.

Both the Independent Medico Legal Unit and the Kenya Human Rights Commission have released reports accusing the police service of executing suspects of terror.

In the case if the IMLU report, the police service has been accused of executing 85 people this year alone, while 181 people were killed last year.

“To put this into more perspective, last year (2014) we recorded a total number of 199 people killed by police. Out of these, 181 were summarily executed, 14 were shot to protect life and four were killed in unclear circumstances,” reads the report.

The organisation urged Governors and County Commissioners to hasten the establishment of the County Policing Authorities as the vehicles for enhanced cooperation between police and citizens.
They also argue that this will enhance accountability for police action, welfare and capacity of police officers.

“These statistics put into question the commitment of the National Police Service to the respect of the right to life prescribed under Article 26 of the Constitution and the assumption of innocence until proven guilty by an impartial judicial process,” IMLU executive director Peter Kiama said.

“We urge legislators to rise above partisan and parochial interests and reject laws meant to promote impunity and reduce police accountability such as the proposed amendments to the National Police Service Act 2011 as contained in The Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendments) Bill, 2015.”

IMLU regretted that police reforms in the country are being undertaken in a sluggish manner calling for the need to change the trend.

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