Pakistani journalist allegedly shot dead by police in Kajiado
Even as Kenyans continue to come to terms with the true extend of police killings in the country’s recent past, the National Police Service is yet again on the spot for the killing of a Pakistani journalist.
Local media report that Arshad Sharif was gunned down at a roadblock in Kajiado while he was travelling back to Nairobi from Magadi on Sunday night. His driver was also wounded and is admitted in hospital.
The news of Sharif’s demise was first announced on social media by his wife Javeria Siddique, who asked the public to “remember us in your prayers”.
The Star newspaper reports a senior police officer to have confirmed the shooting and added a comprehensive statement will be released later.
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) also confirmed the shooting and noted that it had launched a probe into the incident.
“On the Pakistan killing, our rapid response team has already been dispatched to investigate the killing of the journalist. We assure Kenyans of our full commitment to delivering on its mandate,” said Ann Makori – Chair, IPOA.
Sharif’s killing comes as investigations continue into alleged police killings and enforced disappearances committed by the now disbanded Special Services Unit of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations.
21 police officers were questioned last week in relation to the crimes, with four arrested on Saturday.
The probe comes following a directive by President William Ruto, who promised Kenyans accountability for all police killings and enforced disappearances.
IPOA acknowledged the government efforts and expressed its support.
“No suspected police-committed death will go without investigation. IPOA notes the strong stand by President Ruto against extra judicial killings. The Board is in full alignment with the government’s stand,” said Makori.