(VIDEOS) Inside Kenya's Most Feared Killer Policeman Gunning Down Gangsters
July. 30, 2020
Photo:Sergent Rashi Ahmed
Sergeant Rashid Ahmed, a police officer whose name sends shivers down the spine of many families, and arguably the most feared in Nairobi’s sprawling Eastleigh and Mathare neighborhoods. The mention of his name makes criminals and suspects shudder and scramble for safety. Stationed in Pangani Police Station, Rashid is the Most feared Nairobi’s Police officer having gunned down some of the most dreaded gang members in broad daylight.
Photo:Rashid Killing Suspects in Nairobi Streets.
For almost 10 years ,Rashid has beenthe leading police officers in playing the role of flushing out criminals from their hideouts in informal settlements including Mathare, Huruma among others.Many are his victims, while others remember him as the officer who was caught on camera shooting at two unarmed men in Eastleigh in 2017.
The video that went viral on social media shows a plainclothes police officer shooting at the two as a shocked crowd watch on. The officer pumped bullets into the young boy, then got another gun from his colleague and continued and sprayed an additional four bullets on the helpless man who was already on the ground.
When Kevin Gitau’s mother was warned by a police officer in January 2019 that she will bury her son if they did not relocate from Mathare, she did not know that this threat will be a reality three months later.
Gitau, 25, was a marked man. His mother had to seek refuge at the Mathare Social Justice Centre (MSJC) after repeated threats by a well-known “crime buster” in the area.
The lad, who sold fruits in the neighbourhood to eke a living, was among six young men gunned down on April 15 and April 16, 2019.
The two-day killing orgy was linked to Ahmed Rashid, an officer attached to Pangani Police Station.
Photo:Pangani Police Station
But Rashid’s colleagues describe him as a ruthless officer, who operates above the law unlike the rest of them.
“He seems to have a very powerful person who protects him. During his stay at Pangani, he could only be questioned by the OCPD despite holding a junior rank of a sergeant.
Not even the inspectors and chief inspectors who were his bosses could dare touch him,” said an officer who declined to be named due to the sensitivity of the issue.
In 2017, Rashid was caught on camera shooting at two unarmed men in Eastleigh. The video that went viral on social media showed a plainclothes police officer shooting at the two as a shocked crowd watched on.
The officer pumped bullets into one of his victims, a young boy, then got another gun from his colleague and sprayed an additional four bullets on the helpless man who was already on the ground.
A witness recounted how Rashid arrested Gitau frog marched him all the way to the petrol station at around 9pm and made him kneel down before pumping several bullets into his head and chest, killing him on the spot.
The post-mortem witnessed by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (Ipoa) showed six bullets were used to kill Gitau.
“In less than two minutes, his life was cut short in such a cruel manner,” the witness said of the April 15 incident that has renewed fear in the ghetto.
Kevin Gitau, who operated a fruit business within the neighbourhood, lived his last days a worried man.
The family said Rashid had warned Gitau in February that he would be killed if he did not pay Sh100,000 to a lady he was accused of stealing an iPhone from.
Photo:Part of Suspects Killed by Rashid
Rashid was also linked to the death of Ben Kanindo, a 15-year-old boiled eggs vendor and the killing of five youths at Mlango Kubwa in January 2019.
“Rashid was a hardworking officer who was determined to wipe out criminals from Pangani jurisdiction.
He did not just shoot for the sake of it, but after carrying out thorough investigations on the individuals’ backgrounds,” Starehe sub-county police commander Alice Kimeli said.
Ipoa has complained that it is experiencing challenges in investigating some cases due to witness intimidation.
According to the oversight body, they had received numerous cases against Sergeant Rashid but the cases had not been concluded, as the key witnesses were reluctant to record their statements with the detectives.
“Ipoa has noted with a lot of concern that the misuse of firearms and use of excessive force continue to be the biggest challenge facing the National Police Service,” Ipoa chairperson Ann Makori said.
According to the police oversight body, the unjustified use of deadly force by the officers is however a tip of the iceberg as most investigations into cases of extrajudicial killings had stalled due to witness threats and intimidation.
Though allegations had earlier been levelled against him, he would later be known for the 2017 shooting of two unarmed men in Eastleigh.
Human rights organizations and members of the public have leveled serious allegations, mostly extrajudicial killings, against the Pangani-based officer.
Rashid has previously dismissed claims against him, insisting he has always operated within the legal parameters while executing his duties.
“All the stories you hear being peddled about me are pure rumours being passed around by some of my colleagues envious of my effectiveness in executing my duties.
If I have done any wrong, why have I not been arrested and charged in a court of law as required?” Rashid asked reporters
Photo:Rashid Shooting Suspect
.Rashid said that he knew many people had lodged complaints against him and he wanted to share his side of the story with the MSJC leadership. As a sign of peace, he insisted that Wambui serves him tea.
“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,” they said.
“MSJC has been documenting the killings of youth by the police in Mathare since 2015, a large number of these killings which have been done by Rashid himself,” they added.
Ipoa has also warned that there is an increase in the use of excessive force resulting to loss of lives and grievous bodily harm by police officers.
Officers are only allowed to use firearms when less extreme measures are inadequate to save or protect the life of the officer or another person; and to defend themselves or another person against an impending threat of life or serious injury.
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