At last! police summoned over 14 years old girl in Kwale.



 Kinango DCIO and a police officer have been summoned by the High Court over the murder of 14-year-old Kwekwe Mwandaza.

This is after the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko directed that inspector of police Veronicah Gitahi's and police constable Issa Mzee's pleas be deferred to next Monday morning.

Tobiko through state lawyer Alexander Muteti ordered that the two appear at the Mombasa court on October 13 to answer to murder charges. Muteti said Gitahi and Mzee are still serving as police officers therefore the court should issue summons.

He said the summons will be served to the DCIO and his colleague through county criminal investigations officer Onesmus Towett. Gitahi and Mzee are accused of killing Kwekwe on August 22 in Kinango, Kwale county.

Muteti said Gitahi is being charged because she gave orders and was in charge of the operation that led to Kwekwe's shooting. Justice Maureen Odero yesterday directed that summons be issued to the two officers through Towett and the matter be mentioned on Monday where the two will plead to murder charges.

On October 8, Tobiko had ordered the arrest of the police officers. He directed that the Gitahi and Mzee be charged with murder of the girl. The girl was shot dead on August 21, at 2 am during an incident in which eight police officers stormed her family’s home at Mwawewu village in Kinango, Kwale.

Police had raided the home with the aim of arresting her uncle George Zani. Tobiko gave the orders following separate investigations conducted by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority.

An investigation filed by the directorate, which is the investigations arm of the police, recommended that the matter be referred to “public inquest,” while IPOA said the two officers should be charged with the capital offence.

The DPP upheld the investigation carried out by the civilian oversight body and disregarded the one by the police. A postmortem conducted before Kwekwe was buried revealed that two bullets shattered her skull.

The post-mortem report dated August 22, was done at the Kinango District Hospital mortuary and concluded she died of “cardiopulmonary arrest, due to severe head injury. The pathologist discovered two bullet injuries, which were ten centimeters apart, and part of “the scalp missing.

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