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November 14, 2018

Human rights activist asks police to hasten probe into Mukhtar shooting

Former Garissa Governor Nathif Jama [L] with his former CEC in charge of finance and economic planning Idriss Mukhtar[r] at a past event on April 6,2014.Photo file
Former Garissa Governor Nathif Jama [L] with his former CEC in charge of finance and economic planning Idriss Mukhtar[r] at a past event on April 6,2014.Photo file
Police have been asked to speed up investigations and arrest culprits who shot former Garissa Finance executive Idriss Mukhtar.
He has a bullet still lodged in his head.
Mukhtar was shot by a lone gunman as shown by CCTV footage in Nairobi’s Kileleshwa last week. He suffered serious head injuries and was left for dead outside a city hotel.
Speaking to journalists in Garissa town yesterday, human rights activist and Northern Forum for Democracy coordinator Khalif Abdi said police are taking too long.
He said investigators are yet to make arrests even with the clear CCTV footage. Abdi added that police ought to explain the delay in arresting the suspect. “We want police to do thorough investigations ... we cannot allow such acts to happen in a country governed by the law.”
Nairobi deputy police boss Richard Kerich last week told the press in Nairobi the  DCI officers have taken over the case.
Mukhtar is admitted at Nairobi Hospital. A gang of three followed the former county official to his car and shot him in the head at close range before escaping. Nothing was stolen.
He served as the Finance executive under former Governor Nathif Jama. Mukhtar was later sacked alongside two other executives.
The three successfully challenged their sacking where the Court of Appeal ordered the county government to pay them their dues.
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