NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 7 – Police are once again on the spot after a family in Nairobi accused them of killing their 21 year old son.
Mark Muiruri who started working two weeks ago after graduating from the Kenya Institute of Management was allegedly killed on Friday night by police officers who were conducting a swoop at a bar in Umoja.
“We are told that the police stormed Gullop (bar) and in the ensuing commotion Muiruri was killed by the officers,” his mother Rebecca Michuki said.
She claims that the officers who were conducting the swoop later tried to cover up the murder of his last born son claiming he jumped from the first floor while fleeing from the officers.
“What is shocking is that the police officers seem to have thrown out Muiruri’s body from the first floor to twist facts that he died after jumping out of the bar,” she claimed adding that Police at Buru Buru police station refused to address them instead directing them to the City Mortuary.
Area residents who held a demonstration protesting the alleged murder also dismissed the police version.
“If you are to jump from this first floor, you can clearly see that you cannot die even if you weigh more than 80kgs but maybe suffer slight injuries,” said a woman who did not want to be identified for security reasons.
Michuki said the family was informed of the death on Saturday morning by an Administration Police officer from a nearby camp who used to play pool at Gullop bar with the deceased.
“Muiruri was alone as his brother (Kennedy) who had accompanied him there (bar) says he left him around 8pm,” she said.
The alcohol control laws, popularly referred to as Mututho laws prohibit the sale and consumption of alcoholic drinks after 12pm on weekends.
The family is now waiting for a postmortem to be conducted to establish the cause of death.
“We were at the City Mortuary this morning and the body shows an injury at the back of the head and forehead, this cannot be from a fall,” Michuki said.
Wilson Kosgey, a Police superintendent from Buru Buru police station who arrived at the scene later on Saturday ordered the bar closed indefinitely.
The incident comes only a day after Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere ordered the Criminal Investigations Department to investigate GSU officers who were caught on camera ruthlessly beating a boy in Trans Nzoia.
He strongly condemned the incident describing it as an embarrassment to the government, the police and the Kenyan public.
“Immediately this information came to my attention, I ordered the commandant of the General Service Unit to commence investigations immediately,” he said.
He pointed out that all officers should observe the dictates of human rights as enshrined in the constitution whether on or off duty.
“Once again let me reiterate my commitment to Kenyans that all human rights should be observed by all officers whether on or off duty,” he said.