By Achola Simon
NAIROBI, Four Kenyan police officers are set to be charged with murder after an independent investigation by the Independent Policing 0versight Authority (IPOA) found them culpable of murder in two separate incidents.
In the first case, Constable Rajab Korir, based at Makongeni Police Station in Nairobi County, is accused of killing Benard Ogutu in cold blood.
The IPOA investigations revealed that on Sept 25, 2013, Korir, then based at Makongeni Police Station in Nairobi County, fatally shot Bernad Ogutu in cold blood as the latter prepared to take a shower in a local guest house.
The investigations also revealed that contrary to the statement by the police officer to the effect that they were responding to an attempted robbery at the said guest house, there was no robbery at the place and the victim was not armed at the time of the incident.
In its recommendation, which was approved by the Director of Public Prosecution, IPOA wants the officer charged with murder.
In another incident under investigation, three police officers in Nakuru County will be charged with the murder of Caren Chepkoech Rono, also known as Mercy, a barmaid.
The three — Corporal Silas Mutuma Marimi, Constable Reuben Maino and Constable Wycliffe Wangila Sikuku — based at Olenguruone police station, are said to have arrested Mercy from her workplace at Olenguruone Market.
Mercy is then said to have died at the back of the police car under unclear circumstances while the police officers maintained she jumped out of the vehicle to escape arrest.
In the investigations, IPOA established that Mercy died of severe head injuries while in custody of the three police officers.
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) is mandated under Section 25(1) of the IPOA Act to investigate any death or serious injury including death or serious injury while in Police custody.