-- Kenya’s chief prosecutor on Tuesday
ordered police to swiftly investigate the
controversial murder of terror suspect, Aboud Rogo
Mohammed, who was shot dead in broad daylight the
Director of Public Prosecutions
Teriako Tobiko directed Police Commissioner Mathew
Iteere to expeditiously probe the killing of the
Muslim cleric and submit the file within 14 days.
"I have today ordered the
police to conduct thorough investigations on the
murder of Aboud Rogo and bring the file to me in two
weeks time," Tobiko told Xinhua by telephone in
Tobiko’s directive came after
rioting youth hauled grenade on police officers who
were dispersing them to prevent them from setting a
church ablaze in Mombasa, killing one of the officers.
Tobiko has also directed the police to
arrest and charge those criminal elements who on
Monday stoned someone to death and killing in the
Indian Ocean port city dominated by the Muslim
Mombasa is a major transport hub for
landlocked nations in East and Central Africa.
Economic analysts say prolonged unrest does not augur
well for trade in the region.
The police said they have launched
investigations into the killing of Rogo, who was on
U.S. and UN sanction lists for allegedly supporting
Al-Shabaab allied to Al-Qaida.
Some of the rioting youth have accused
the police of being behind the murder of Rogo, whom
the authorities have trailed for a long time.
The demonstrators said Rogo, who was
facing numerous court cases related to terrorism, had
been the victim of targeted assassination.
The Muslim leaders, who met in
Nairobi, had earlier accused the authorities of
being behind the Islamic preacher’s assassination
and questioned how Rogo was shot dead in broad
daylight without anyone being arrested so far.
"We condemn the way Rogo was
killed, an action should be taken to whoever did the
action and the truth of the matter to be brought
out," Ibrahim Lethome Asman, one of the Muslim
leaders told journalists in Nairobi.
Asman added that the Muslim leaders
want the government to protect people and investigate
They complained that they do not
know why many Muslims are being killed with no truth
being unearthed on their killings, while others
disappearing without any reason.
"Whatever is happening in
Mombasa is not Muslim affair, Islam is against
destruction of property, we don’t support whatever
is happening in Mombasa," said Asman.
He pointed out that the police have
not said anything so far apart from their everyday
response that they will not leave any stone
The leaders appealed to all Muslims
in the East African nation to remain calm and wait
for investigations which have been ordered.
Early this month, Rogo and his
co-accused in a case still pending in a Nairobi court
Abubakar Shariff Ahmed survived an abduction attempt
by gunmen they claimed were state agents, who accosted
them as they arrived in the city for a hearing of the
case, forcing them to seek an adjournment and a
transfer of the case from Nairobi as they feared for
their lives and security.
The early morning abduction was
foiled by members of the public who came to their
aid as the two shouted for help while resisting the
heavily armed men.
Both Rogo and Shariff recorded
statements about the incident at a police station
Nairobi, in which they expressed fears for their
The Muslim Human Rights Forum has
condemned the murder and called for speedy
investigations into Rogo’s death.
Regional police commander Aggrey
Adoli clarified that a prison officer was killed and
13 other policemen injured in the chaos that have
hit the coastal city for the past 24 hours.
Adoli told journalists in Mombasa
that the police are holding 13 suspects in
connection to the destruction of property and
violent protests that have since left the city
deserted as many with businesses have closed down
"It’s unfortunate that we
lost the police officer in this grenade attack but
we are doing everything at our disposal to restore
calm in Mombasa.
The grenade attack was an organized
crime but not terrorism related," Adoli told
Meanwhile, the Australian government
has issued a travel warning to its nationals planning
to visit Kenya and, in particular, the tourism resort
city of Mombasa.
"We continue to advise
Australians to exercise a high degree of caution in
Kenya overall at this time due to the high risk of
terrorist attack, civil unrest and high crime levels
in the country," the Australian Embassy in
Nairobi said in its updated advisory.
"We also continue to strongly
advise Australians not to travel to border regions
with Somalia, Ethiopia and South Sudan."
The East African nation’s coastal
towns are the backbone of the country’s thriving
tourism industry, which has been hit by the fear of
terror attacks and the kidnapping of foreigners by
Somali pirates from resorts near the border with
Kenya’s tourism has suffered a
decline the number of tourists arriving since
September 2011 when the Somali militant group, Al-
Shabaab, carried out the kidnappings of tourists in
the Lamu archipelago and the kidnapping of the Spanish
The port city, the capital Nairobi
and other parts of Kenya have suffered a series of
grenade attacks since Kenya sent troops into Somalia
last year to try to pursue Al-Shabaab insurgents it
blames for a surge in violence and kidnappings.
Police have particularly warned
against the laxity in the screening of cars for
explosives at all shopping malls and any business or
social gatherings with at least 10 people at any given
moment that these might be vulnerable to attacks.