By Obegi Malack
A Pakistani Investigative journalist was on Sunday night shot dead by Magadi Training School GSU officers in Kamukuru Kajiado West Constituency in what police claim is mistaken identity.
A report in Magadi Police Station indicated that the deceased Arshad Mohammed Shariff aged 50 years was heading back to Nairobi from Magadi with his brother Khurram Ahmed at 10PM on 23rd October 2022 when he was killed.
The two were driving in a vehicle registration number KDG 200M along Kuenia-Kamukuru rough road before reaching Kiserian Magadi road they found the road blocked by stones, they tried to pass through that is when they heard gunshots.
They escaped and drove to a homestead of another Pakistan in Tinga for rescue, Arshad died on his way to Tinga with a gunshot wound on the head that penetrated from the back of his head and exited at the front side.
The vehicle had bullet hole on the left side of the windscreen where the deceased was sitting, two bullet holes on the rear left back screen, one bullet hole on the rear right door, four holes right side of the boot and one front right tyre that had been depleted.
The Pakistanis said they are developers and reside in Nairobi, the deceased’s body was taken to Chiromo mortuary awaiting postmortem.
Officers from DCI Starehe had circulated a report that had been made in Pangani Police Station of motor vehicle theft/abduction, the vehicle (KDJ 700F) had been left outside an electoral shop by the owner with his son inside.
The son had been located at Olosurutia ACK Church within Kiserian and Kiserian dam estate, later in Olepolos Hills, the GSU Magadi Training School officers had been alerted on the incident.
National Police Service Corporate communications/ spokesperson Bruno Shioso in a statement said the deceased’s moto vehicle came upon a police barrier which they drove through ,it is then that they were shot at fatally injuring the late journalist.
The journalist’s wife Javeria Siddique confirmed the death of her husband via her Twitter account.
“I lost my friend, husband and my favourite journalist Arshad Sharif today, as per police, he was shot in Kenya. Respect our privacy and in the name of breaking please don’t share our family pics, personal details and his last pictures from the hospital. Remember us in your prayers,” she tweeted.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif offered his condolences to the journalist’s family.
“I am deeply saddened by the shocking news of journalist Arshad Sharif’s tragic death. May Allah SWT grant him a place in Heaven. My deep condolences and prayers for the bereaved family,” he tweeted.
Arshad was working on an explosive investigative documentary on the corruption, titled “Behind Closed Doors”. The documentary featured Kenyan investigative journalist John Allan Namu.
Independent Policing Oversight Authority, (IPOA) Chairperson Anne Makori said they have launched thorough investigation into the brutal killing of the journalist.
The journalism fraternity in his country Pakistan have demanded thorough investigation into his death.
The award-winning journalist was a critic of Pakistani government he was vocally opposed to the ongoing political developments in his country, he specialized in investigative journalism.