Three masked gunmen stormed the residence of former Kilifi Deputy Governor Kennedy Kamto in Mombasa and shot him dead early yesterday.
The dawn attack at the home of the 58-year-old Kamto in Nyali happened just a few metres from the Nyali Police Station.
It is emerging that the attackers might have gained access to the home without the knowledge of the owners and laid in wait to strike.
Reports indicated that the politician ran into his house in panic and asked his wife to call police minutes before he was killed.
At the home of the former politician and businessman, which is located on Beach Road, there was a sombre mood as relatives and friends visited to condole with the bereaved family.
Kamto served in the first term of Governor Amason Kingi’s administration but was not retained when Kingi sought re-election last year.
A sobbing Fauzia, Kamto’s widow, said he had just dropped her home after a night function and left again for some errands.
Later, in the wee hours of yesterday, Kamto was said to have returned home panting before telling his wife to call security.
“Little did I know that we were under attack. Three men entered our residence and ordered us to surrender valuables and money before shooting my husband,” she said.
Fauzia said the gangsters looked composed as they terrorised them.
Others in the house at the time of the attack were Kamto’s mother and a house help.
“Our house help gave them Sh6,000 which she had. One of the thugs went upstairs and ransacked the rooms as the others stood guard,” she said.
Phones and money
The thugs took mobile phones belonging to Kamto and his wife and robbed them of unknown amount of cash.
Their five children were away in China where they study.
Fauzia said their usual night guard was not on duty during the attack.
“He had asked for permission to be away,” she said.
By the time of going to press yesterday, Mombasa County Commissioner Evans Achoki said no arrest had been made.
Kwale Senator Issa Juma Boy, a close friend of the family, condemned the killing and regretted that Mombasa was slowly degenerating into a lawless region.
“Kamto is our brother and friend to us all here. This insecurity issue is getting out of hand and we ask the Government to get to the root cause and unravel the killers,” Mr Boy said.
Former Assistant Minister Ananiah Mwaboza expressed his sadness over the killing and urged the police to arrest the killers.
“I was called by the Coast Regional Coordinator Bernard Leparmarai and told about the incident early morning. I have come here to see and confirmed the bad news,” Mr Mwaboza said.
Two Mombasa-based civil society groups, Haki Africa and Muhuri, joined in condemnig the killing and said there was need to overhaul the entire county security formation.
“It has become the order of the day for killings and maiming here. Kisauni is gaining notoriety and now it is creeping into this posh Nyali area,” Francis Auma, a rapid response official said.
Some of the leaders who condoled with the bereaved family yesterday were former Msambweni MP Abdallah Ngozi, former Cabinet Minister Suleiman Shakombo and Mombasa politician Said Saido Abdalla.
The body was taken to the Coast Provincial General Hospital mortuary as the family makes arrangements to move it to a private facility in Mombasa.