May 18, 2022

4 Rogue Officers behind Bars for Murder

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Four Police Officers and a bar owner are in custody after a court directed that they should be charged with murder.
The ruling by Kakamega Principal Magistrate Eric Malesi yesterday follow a court inquest, which found that the five tortured the late Raymond Lubango Mulanda to death.
In a sad incident that occurred on December 16, 2019, at around 8 pm, Senior Sergeant Michael Cherugut, and constables Duncan Wafula, Francis Kayemit and Juma Musa responded to a distress call by Dennis Rosana, the proprietor of Balozi Bar in Kakamega.
Rosana reported that one of the patron now deceased had become rowdy and was causing disturbance to other revellers.
According to one of the police officers, the deceased resisted arrest forcing him and his colleague on the beat him.
They added that they also called for reinforcement from the police station to beat him.
“A police vehicle came and the suspect agreed to board the vehicle, only for him to jump out of the van on the way to the police station,” added the officer.
However, the officers’ statement was found contradictory and not consistent with the autopsy report by the government pathologist.
“The pathologist who looked at the cause of Mulanda’s death concluded that the multiple internal injuries he suffered on the head were not consistent with motion trauma as the officers in question testified,” stated principal magistrate Malesi.
The principal magistrate averred that there were few chances that the multiple internal head injuries suffered by the deceased and a burst testicle were caused by jumping from the police vehicle as alleged by the rogue officers.
While making his ruling, Malesi, called out the officers for their brutality and inhuman behaviour.
In a twist of fate for the four officers, they are currently guests of the state at the same police station they served, as detectives based in Kakamega central, process them for arraignment to answer to murder charges.

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