DCI boss Amin meets family of missing Rwandese feared to have been abducted

Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Amin Mohamed Ibrahim. [Kelly Ayodi, Standard]

A day after the media highlighted the abduction of Yusuf Ghahana from his residence in Komarock Phase four twelve days ago, the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) Amin Mohamed met the family.

In a bid to get first-hand information, Amin held the meeting with Ghahana's relatives, representatives from Haki Africa, Plan International and Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA).

Amin is said to have told his visitors that he was not aware of the Ghahana's disappearance. The Rwandese went missing on June 30 after being abducted from his house by people suspected to be security agents.

The abductors pretended to be looking for a house to rent before pouncing on the 56-year-old who was assisting his six-year-old daughter to do homework. The family has searched for him in vain.

According to Haki Africa's chief executive officer, Hussein Khalif even after Kayole Police Officer Commanding Station (OCS) visited the scene several times and commencement of the investigations, the family remains in darkness.

''We are perturbed by the slow pace of the investigations; thus why we decided to come to the DCI who has assured us that he will personally take up the matter and revert to us soonest. Ours is a matter of grave concern and under the new regime we had been assured this kind of incidence will not happen,'' said Khalid.

The human rights activist said it was scary to imagine that enforced disappearances were creeping back.

"Whether by the state or foreign states or non-state actors, Kenya should not be experiencing these acts of lawlessness. We have to respect the Constitution, the rule of law and human rights. If anyone has a concern, should hold him through the legal means,'' he said adding the state has a duty to protect lives and property.

IPOA guaranteed the family they will fast-track the investigation. Alkanoddin Mureithi, a family friend said Ghahana's relatives are living in constant fear.

''For a guardian to disappear from his home after being seized from the safety of his home, is a matter that raises concerns for all of us who are fathers and husbands about our ability to protect our families,'' he said.