The Mathare Social Justice Centre has come out to condemn a visit from Rashid, whom they describe as a killer cop.
In a statement today, the MSJC, a vocal outfit that speaks out against police brutality, said that Rashid visited them in civilian clothing.
Today @ 11 am Rashid, known killer cop, "visited" us to "lodge a complaint" about an "Ali" who he says has been discrediting him on social media. He also demanded to see our leadership to tell "his side of the story." This is a threat. Our statement here: https://t.co/f9DMztwK2J
— MSJC (@MathareSJustice) June 30, 2020
‘Lodge a complaint’
He was in the company of two other policemen when they visited the centre early on June 30th, 2020, at 11 am.
“After introducing themselves, they said they had come to ‘lodge a complaint’ against a person called ‘Ali’ who had supposedly been discrediting Rashid on social media.” The statement said.
The statement then says that Rashid and company then demanded to see the leadership of the organization. Apparently, he was there to share ‘his side of the story’.
The officer then proceeded to ask for tea and insisted that Lucy Wambui serves him. Lucy Wambui is a Human Rights Monitor at the MSJC, whose husband, Christopher Maina, died in 2017. Rashid allegedly killed him.
“It is important to note that Lucy Wambui’s husband, Christopher ‘Maich’ Maina, was killed by Rashid in 2017. A witness to Maich’s killing was also killed by Rashid in 2018.” The organization said. They went ahead to term Rashid’s visit as intimidation.
“As a police officer, Rashid is certainly aware of the legal avenues to lodge a complaint, therefore we consider his request an excuse to enter our space and intimidate us.” The Organization goes on to say.
MSJC calls for support
The MSJC has been documenting extra-judicial killing by police in Mathare since 2015. According to their report, Rashid has killed a huge number of the victims.
The organization went ahead to call on the National Police Service and the IPOA to take the threat seriously.
The organization also called on other grassroots civil societies to stand in solidarity with them in their demand for justice.