Baby Pendo Inquest Begins

A Kisumu Court has commenced a public inquest into the murder of the now famous baby Samantha Pendo who was allegedly clobbered on the head by a rogue police officer during riots soon after last year’s august elections .

Pendo was allegedly killed by a police officer in Nyalenda slums in Kisumu County after the August 8th 2017 general elections riots in Kisumu.

This comes after an inquest file was opened three weeks ago at the Kisumu High Court following a public outcry.

Prior to this, the former Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Keriako Tobiko had ordered a probe into the incident since investigations by police failed to come up with tangible results.

It also comes hot on the heels of the Independent Policing and Oversight Authority (IPOA) pledge to bring to book the perpetrators of the act which culminated in the death of Baby Pendo.

According to Court files, the then County Commander Titus Yoma, OCPD Mutune Maweu, OCS John Thiringi and Nyalenda OCS Linah Kosgei have been lined up among the 21 witnesses expected to testify before Kisumu Resident Magistrate, Beryl Omollo.

The court was informed that the senior security officers were in charge of deployment of security personnel to quell riots during the violence that broke out in the Lakeside city.

Samantha’s parents, Joseph Abanja and Lenser Achieng have also been listed to testify in the case.

The DPP had earlier on directed that the family be compensated for the loss and ordered that the respective security commander, OCPD and OCSs face disciplinary action.

Magistrate Omollo directed that the case be heard on the February 16th 2018.

Source: Kenya News Agency