Police boss condemns lynching of suspects

Buuri sub-county deputy Officer Commanding Police Division (D/OCDP), Joseph Chepsit has condemned a common public culture of taking the law into their hands and punishing crime suspects in the recent times.

Speaking to the public at Timau, the police boss said there was no acceptable justification of having a crime suspect lynched or assaulted by members of the public saying everybody was entitled to being innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.

Chepsit cautioned those perpetrating the culture of denying others the right to be heard, or investigated by the appointed government officers before being subjected to the appropriate type of punishment as per the rule of law.

He cited two incidents which had occurred in Timau during the December holiday where a middle aged man was lynched while two others were attacked and severely injured on suspicion that they were thieves.

Meanwhile, two middle aged men were confirmed dead on arrival at the hospital after they were lynched at Kigene area in Imenti South sub-county for allegedly leading a group suspected to be engaged in motorbike stealing in the area.

A police officer at the scene said the two suspects were cornered by an irate group of motorbike operators at the stage along the Meru-Nairobi highway where they were given no time to give their version of the allegations.

Efforts to get confirmation from area police boss, John Cheruiyot, were not successful as he was away from the office while his cell phone remained busy.

By Makaa Margaret