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Shock as three men arrested, disappear in Kawangware


Residents of Nairobi have once again been hit by terrifying news of three abductions in a span of four days, even as investigations continue into many other disappearances.

According to Citizen TV Elvis Shemali, Zacheus Mwangi and Erick Mukonyi were kidnapped between the 17th and 20th of this month by persons donning police uniforms, and their families are yet to know their whereabouts.

The first person to disappear was Shemali, who went missing on September 17, and his family has not found him more than 10 days later despite making several visits to stations around the capital.

Mwangi was the second to disappear on September 18.

Several unknown men raided Mwangi’s shop in Kawangware Arcade shopping centre, where he was enjoying an afternoon drink with his wife Hellen Wanjiru.

He was handcuffed and whisked away by the men, without an explanation to his wife regarding where he was to be taken.

Two days later, the third man, Mukonyi, disappeared, an incident also perpetrated by persons donning police uniforms.

CCTV footage obtained by Citizen TV showed several men in police uniform stormSian apartments in Kawangware at 5:45AM, where they got into Mukonyi house, ransacked it and arrested him.

Not only did the persons take Mukonyi away, but they also took some of his belongings, including mobile phones, laptops and computers.

The families of all three men remain in fear of the unknown, as they are yet to establish the whereabouts of their kin.

Missing Voices has taken note of the disappearances and condemns them strongly.

We want to urge the National Police Service and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to take immediate action geared towards finding the three men.

We call for quick and thorough investigations into the disappearances, so that the men are found and whoever is behind the criminal acts arrested and prosecuted under Kenyan laws.

We regret the continued occurrence of Enforced Disappearances despite numerous efforts by state and non-state actors to end this vice. As we do with similar cases, we pledge to remain active on these cases until Shemali, Mwangi and Mukonyi are found and returned to their families.


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