NAIROBI, Kenya, Aug 29 – Two police officers arrested over the murder of a man on a hospital bed in Mwingi last week will be charged Monday with murder.
The two were arrested at the weekend after intensive investigations sparked by public outcry.
Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet has told Capital News that there is evidence implicating the two to the heinous murder.
“They are going to court this morning to face murder charges,” the IG said on telephone on Monday.
The 27-year-old deceased man identified as Ngandi Malia Musyemi was being treated of gunshot wounds sustained earlier on Wednesday night at around 8 pm when the officers reportedly followed him to the hospital and finished him off at 3 am.
One of the officers is reported to have laid wait outside as his colleague accomplished the mission, sending panic at the hospital where other patients were admitted.
“The deceased had earlier recounted to police how he was hijacked at Majengo area in Kitui, blindfolded and taken to a thicket at Sosoma junction where he was shot in the head and left ribs,” a senior police officer said of the incident that occurred off the Mwingi-Garissa Highway.
An investigation has since shown that it is the two police officers who had hijacked him earlier and shot him, leaving him in a critical condition before he was assisted to hospital by passers-by, according to police.
“He is accused of being a robber and was under investigation for some murder cases, including a police officer’s child,” a detective said, but could not confirm if the child belonged to any of the two officers arrested or if there was any conspiracy to have the suspect killed.
The latest arrests exposes the rot in the police, coming barely a month after four Administration Police officers based in Mlolongo were arrested over the murder of a lawyer, his client and a taxi driver.
“Despite these incidents, the Police Service cannot be condemned wholesomely, these are isolated incidents which are being dealt in accordance with the law,” Police Spokesman George Kinoti said.