, NAIROBI Kenya, Sept 12- Githurai residents who have held three days of protests demanding the release of a police officer said on Friday that they would head to the office of the Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko and ask him to terminate the murder case.
The officer, Titus Musila, alias Katitu has been charged with murder following recommendations by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) over the death of a suspect last year.
Addressing journalists on Friday, Bradley Ouma who represented civil society groups in the area said the two suspects killed by Musila were all known as notorious thugs in the area.
“The demonstrations we are planning next week are to his (Tobiko’s) office. We want Katitu released,” he stated.
“He is our servant who has performed well…in fact he needs to be promoted.”
IPOA opened inquiries after a key witness in the trial, Oscar Muchoki Mwangi, was also shot dead on August 24 this year. The victims were brothers, and the second one was also killed in Githurai, just three days after the Director of Public Prosecutions ordered the arrest and prosecution of the officer.
Salim Ng’ang’a a resident of the area defended the officer saying crime has drastically reduced since he was deployed there.
“Those who say he should be arrested or prosecuted, are people who do not stay in Githurai,” he said. “We want justice for Katitu” and retorted that thre is a reason police officers are given firearms.
The Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo on Thursday asked the protestors to follow the law without violating other people’s right. Kimaiyo said if they have genuine concerns, they should follow the constitutionally accepted procedures to air them without affecting other innocent Kenyans.
Musila has been highly praised for “his good service to the community” more so for his approach in dealing with thugs.
He is accused of killing Kenneth Kimani Mwangi in Githurai, Nairobi on April 14, 2013.
IPOA which investigated the death, opened inquiries after a key witness in the trial, Oscar Muchoki Mwangi, was also shot dead on August 24 this year.
IPOA Chairman Macharia Njeru also said “IPOA will not just collect evidence or act on rumors and take action. It is a process because we are also accountable to other institutions.”
“But finally whoever is charged, he has a day in court because we are not the one to determine the guilt of someone or otherwise.”