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Six police officers linked to Embu brothers murder charged

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[Embu brothers the late Benson Njiru with his brother Emmanuel Mutura. Photo/Courtesy].

Six police officers accused of murdering two Embu brothers were on Tuesday arraigned in court.

They were however, not required to plead to any charges at the milimani law courts.

The prosecutor Jacinta Nyamosi, said they required 14 days to complete investigations before they can face murder charges.

Senior Principal Magistrate Daniel Ndugi granted the prosecution 14 days to detain the six; Corporal Benson Mbuthia, Corporal Consolata Kariuki, Constable Martin Wanyama, Constable Lilian Cherono, Constable Nicholus Sang, and Constable James Mwaniki.

They will all be held at the Capital Hill Police Station until August 31, when they will be presented in court to confirm whether investigations have been completed.

They are accused of killing two brothers Emmanuel Mutura and Benson Njiru whose bodies were found in the mortuary on August 3, following their arrest on August 1.

IPOA

On Monday, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) recommended murder charges against the six police officers over the deaths of the two Embu brothers who died after arrest for allegedly violating COVID-19 dusk to dawn curfew.

IPOA Chairperson Anne Makori said an investigation had revealed that the six officers were involved in the murder of Benson Njiru and Emmanuel Mutura.

“The outcome of this investigation has established a prima facie case against six police officers for the offence of murder,” revealed Makori after she forwarded the file to the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji.

Meanwhile The National Police Service Commission (NPSC) Chairperson Eliud Kinuthia has reiterated the Commission’s firm actions against any police officer who will violate the law.

Kinuthia said the Commission is very firm on police conduct saying that in the recent past, police officers have been linked to murder incidents of innocent Kenyans, a situation that must be stopped.

“Currently, the six accused police officers will received a half salary each during the entire time of their pending case in court. In fact we have disarmed them,” revealed Mr Kinuthia while addressing journalists in Lamu Island, Lamu County on Tuesday.