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State security agents on the spot, over the abduction of Lamu County ambulance driver.

By Moses Ochengo

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The search efforts are getting futile for the Lamu County ambulance driver, who is believed  to be captured by the police on June 19.

Yasir Mahmoud Ahmed, popularly known as Mau, was last seen being taken away by allegedly undercover security officers along Lamu-Witu-Garsen road 10 days ago.

Yasir’s family are now calling on the Government to assist in finding their missing kin

The 43-year-old, and father of four,  is a prominent businessman who plies his trade in Kiunga township.

According to Yasir’s wife Yumna Ali, her husband was abducted and bundled into a GK Landcruiser vehicle that stopped them on their way home.

Yumna added that her husband’s phone became unreachable immediately after the ordeal, and search efforts in the local police stations have been futile.

“We are appealing to the government to help trace my husband and his whereabouts. I have no doubt that only the State is better placed to explain his whereabouts. I saw three men dressed in official security attire and armed with pistols vanishing with him,” she said.

She added, “The government should have mercy on me and bring back my husband. I have young children and I’m unemployed. My husband was the sole provider and now we are suffering because we have no one to support us.

A local activist, Rukia Rashid urged the government to intensify patrols on the Lamu-Witu-Garsen road, to curb such cases that are likely to create tension.

“We are now fearful and cautious when using the Lamu-Witu-Garsen road. If people wearing official security attire and armed with guns can abduct Yasir and go silent like that, then it means we are not safe as citizens using the road. The government should come clear on this. Let them bring back Yasir,” she said.

Umulkher Ahmed, a field officer with Muslims for Human Rights (Muhuri) in Lamu, lamented the mysterious missing and abductions of residents in the region were concerning.

“Various families in Lamu and the Coast are left in the dark after their people went missing mysteriously. No communication, nothing. We need answers,” she said.

On the other hand, Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia confirmed the disappearance of  Yasir, but refuted the abduction accusations levelled against the State security agents.

“The family has reported to us. The involvement of security is far-fetched and unsubstantiated. DCI is investigating. We are calling on anyone with information to share with security agencies. We pray that he is safe,” he said.

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