Kenya: Investigations Show Police Often Fabricate Evidence to Justify Shootings

Police distort some initial reports about shootings resulting into death or serious injuries to justify them, investigations have revealed.

Investigations by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) have also revealed how police fabricate evidence after such shootings.

In some cases police have reported that there was a fierce shootout between them and suspects only to recover just a “homemade pistol capable of firing.”

On July 12, 2016, an officer based at the Shauri Moyo Police Station shot dead Mr Vitalis Odhiambo Odongo nine times, killing him on the spot.

In the police reports, it was indicated that the officers recovered a homemade pistol capable of firing, with two rounds of 9mm ammunition.

Eye witnesses, however, said that there was no firearm.

Investigations revealed that the deceased, 17, was watching football at the Kamukunji grounds when the officers approached him. He started running away.

The officer shot him in the leg and arm as he was running away.

The officer followed him up to his sister’s house, about 300 metres from the scene.

PULLED OUT OF HOUSE

He pulled him out of the house and forced him to lie down at the entrance before shooting him seven times.

The police report did not indicate the number of rounds that were fired by the officer.

“The officer, who was well known to me, told our local chief that he would kill my son since he was involved in criminal activities. I do not understand why he did not arrest him,” said the deceased’s mother.

In another case, a police officer was found to have removed a suspect from Kamulu Police Station but later shot him dead and reported that the deceased was shot dead during a shootout along Mombasa Road.

Investigations into the incident have been finalised.

UNIVERSITY STUDENTS SHOT DEAD

When two Egerton University students – Mr Dennis Ongwae Magomere and Felix Ngaywa Nyagena – were shot dead at the Globe Cinema roundabout, the officer claimed that they were found mugging pedestrians.

It was, however, established that the two had travelled from Njoro Campus to Nairobi to follow up on their Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) loans on the day they were killed.

They were killed as they were leaving town for Mathare North to spend the night with a relative.

Despite having their national and university identification documents on them, police labelled them as unidentified.

After AP Constable Joseph Obongo, attached to Bomachoge MP Joel Onyancha was shot dead in Kangemi, the Dagoretii OCPD reported that the officer was intercepted in an attempt to rob a bar.

IPOA concluded investigations and recommended murder charges to the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions who in April 2015 concurred with the authority’s recommendations on murder.

KILLED AFTER BRAWL

In May 2015, a police officer shot dead Mr Gregory King’ori Kanyi in Mukurwe-ini after both were involved in a physical fight.

At around midnight, the officer accompanied by four other officers, went to the deceased’s house.

They broke his door but as he was escaping, they shot him in the chest.

The bullet which killed him went through his body, past the open door space and through the wooden wall of his bedroom, narrowly missing his two young children who were sleeping.

The officers reported that the man was armed.

Investigations also revealed that the officers did not record the arrest attempt mission in the occurrence book prior to leaving the station, as required.

The latest revelation shows that the police service is unable to investigate itself and bring rogue officers to justice.

At least three police station commanders have been charged in court after investigations revealed that they were involved in murder.

Source: The Nation.