Two More Cops Arrested Over Kianjokoma Brothers' Killings

  • The caskets of the Kianjokoma brothers, Benson Njiru, 23, and Emmanuel Mutura, 19, who are being buried at their father’s farm in Kithangari Kianjokoma in Embu North.
    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.
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  • Two more police officers have been arrested over the controversial deaths of the two Kianjokoma brothers.

    According to a report by Nation, the two officers are accused of playing a role in the deaths of Benson Njiru Ndwiga and Emmanuel Mutura, who died in the hands of police after being arrested for allegedly breaking curfew rules.

    The total number of officers implicated in the murder probe now stands at eight, with six officers having been interdicted and arraigned.

    An undated image of a police vehicle at a scene of a crime
    An undated image of a police vehicle at a scene of a crime
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    The six suspects were on Tuesday, August 24, taken to Mathari Hospital for mental examinations to determine whether they were fit to stand murder trial.

    Separate investigations conducted by the Internal Affairs Unit and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) revealed that three officers rode on the back of the police vehicle alongside the two brothers and others who had been arrested for flouting curfew regulations.

    The police, privy to the investigations, sought to establish the role played by the officers in the death of the two brothers.

    Further, the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP), Noordin Haji, ordered Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai, to interdict Embu North Officer Commanding Police Station, Emily Ngaruya, and the former Manyatta Officer Commanding Station, Abdullahi Yaya, as investigations picked up pace last week.

    The two senior officers will be questioned as to how the two brothers died at the hands of the police. 

    The murder of the two brothers has made headlines with the majority of Kenyans advocating for the arrest and prosecution of the officers implicated.

    This led to the arrest of Corporal Consolota Njeri, Corporal Benson Mbuthia, Constable Lilian Cherono, Constable Martin Wanyama, Constable Nicholas Sang, and Constable James Mwaniki.

    During court hearings, the prosecution requested for the suspects to be held in custody without bail for investigations to be concluded.

    Police officers implicated in the murder of two brothers in Kianjokoma in court on August 17 2021
    Police officers implicated in the murder of two brothers in Kianjokoma in court on August 17 2021
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