Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji has directed Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to arrest police officers suspected of taking part in the death of two brothers, Benson Njiru Ndwiga and Emmanuel Mutura, from Kianjokoma in Embu.
In a statement dated Monday, August 16, the DPP then directed the National Police Service (NPS) to arraign the suspects in a Nairobi Court.
Haji issued the directive in order to prevent the officers from interfering with investigations being carried out by the Independent Policing and Oversight Authority (IPOA).
"Based on the preliminary investigation report forwarded by the Inspector General (IG), I am shortly directing the IG to immediately arrest and arraign in court, in Nairobi, all officers involved pending investigations by the IPOA to avoid any interference with evidence and or intimidation of witnesses.The caskets of the Kianjokoma brothers, Benson Njiru, 23, and Emmanuel Mutura, 19, who were buried at their father’s farm in Kithangari Kianjokoma in Embu North.(COURTESY)
"For that reason, and keeping in view the urgency of this matter, we expect to receive the results of all investigations into this matter no later than close of business today, August 16, 2021. We have their assurance and commitment to do so," read the report in part.
In an earlier report, IPOA approved murder charges for the six officers following the conclusion of a probe into the matter.
The authority indicated that the investigations had established a prima facie case against six police officers.
The investigators also recommended that the six officers also be immediately relieved of their duties from the police force.
“This investigation was informed by Section 25 of the IPOA Act which demands that deaths that occur while in police custody, as a result of police action or are caused by members of the National Police Service while on duty, be investigated by the Authority.
"As it stands now, the six officers face a capital offence – murder. This recommendation is not likely to take a different direction," noted IPOA.
The two brothers passed away under mysterious circumstances allegedly after they were arrested during curfew hours.
Their bodies were found lying at the Embu General mortuary on Sunday, August 8.IG Hillary Mutyambai at a press conference on April 1, 2021death murder arrest probe suspect
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