Independent Policing Oversight Authority, (IPOA) has revealed the names and ranks of the six police officers who are being investigated over the death of two Kianjokoma brothers.
The six cops were named in the charge sheet presented before the court by IPOA as Corporal Consolota Njeri, Corporal Benson Mbuthia, Constable Lilian Cherono, Constable Martin Wanyama, Constable Nicholas Sang and Constable James Mwaniki who was the Driver.
Cops on Tuesday, 17 August presented the 6 suspects in court, where the prosecutor requested that they be held for 14 days without bail.Police officers implicated in the murder of two brothers in Kianjokoma in court on August 17 2021
The State argued that the six suspects might interfere with investigations if released. In the documents, Ipoa revealed that potential witnesses have expressed fear in giving their testimonies due to the nature of influence the suspects have in the local community.
In an affidavit, IPOA Ibrahim Shumu wants the six officers detained at Capitol hill polices station to enable them to complete the investigations.
Shumu stated that's the six were on duty when the incident happened and that they will be subjected to further questioning by internal affairs and IPOA.
State counsel Gikui Gichuhi stated that investigations are still ongoing in relation to the extraction of data from the communication devices of the deceased persons and potential witnesses which data is critical in the probe.
The officers suspected of killing the Kianjokoma brothers were detained for 14 days to allow detectives to complete investigations.
On Monday, August 16, IPOA recommended that the six officers implicated in the death of the Kianjokoma brothers be charged with murder.
According to a statement, the Authority advocated for the officers to be relieved of their duties, to surrender all firearms and any other government stores in their possession within the shortest time possible.
Further, the agency sought for the six suspects to be available in order to aid IPOA with investigations when called upon.
Besides murder, IPOA is pursuing other charges against the officers such as negligence in the performance of duty while handling the two brothers.
Inspector-General of Police Hilary Mutyambai had earlier issued an update on the Kianjokoma brothers case where two brothers, Benson Njiru and Emmanuel Mutura, died mysteriously after being apprehended by police officers.
Speaking on the #EngagetheIG Forum, Mutyambai stated that the six officers implicated in the death of the two brothers had been suspended with immediate effect in order to pave way for prosecution.
He assured Kenyans that the matter would be solved and that the perpetrators would be brought to book.
IG Mutyambai alongside Interior CS Fred Matiang'i and Attorney General Kihara Kariuki visited the family of the Kianjokoma brothers last week and assured them that justice will be served.Inspector-General of Police Hillary Mutyambai speaking at the special sitting held by the National Assembly's Committee on Education on February 26.died death murder arrest probe suspect
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