NPSC directed to compensate Moraa’s family

November 15, 2017 6:32 pm
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Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has also directed the National Police Service Commission to compensate the family of the deceased for the unlawful use of force by officers/FILE

, NAIROBI, Kenya, Nov 15 – A public inquest should be formed to probe the death of Stephanie Moraa, an eight-year-old girl, who was shot dead while playing in their rental house in Mathare North Area 2, Nairobi on August 12.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has also directed the National Police Service Commission to compensate the family of the deceased for the unlawful use of force by officers.

Moraa was shot during an operation to restore calm in the area, following demonstrations, after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the August 8 presidential election.

The DPP has also advised the family to pursue civil proceedings against the National Police Service, should the commission fail to compensate them.

Police have been on spot over deaths blamed on the excessive force used during and after the electioneering period.

This was detailed in various reports by rights groups in the country.

For example, a report by the Independent Medico-Legal Unit accused police of killing 36 people after the August and October elections, with most fatalities recorded in Opposition strongholds.

IMLU Executive Director Peter Kiama said of the 23 deaths following the August elections, they carried out a post-mortem on 12 bodies, where it was established that 11 died of gunshots wounds.

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