Officer to face murder charge over shooting
Published on February 7, 2008, 12:00 am
By Cyrus Ombati
A police officer who was captured on TV shooting at unarmed protesters in Kisumu will be charged with murder.
Commissioner of Police, Maj-Gen Hussein Ali, directed on Thursday that Constable Edward Kirui be prosecuted for the offence. He was subsequently arrested and brought to Nairobi.
Detectives who were sent to Kisumu to investigate the shooting found evidence linking him to the murder.
The team presented its report last Friday after a week’s investigation and told Ali that evidence showed that Kirui shot at the two even though they were unarmed.
Ali issued a statement saying the police force was committed to professional standards of policing.
“The public is urged to continue its invaluable partnership with the police as we jointly endeavour to promote a favourable environment for resumption of social and economic activities,” he said.
Ali sent CID investigators to Kisumu following protests from the public and organisations that accused the police of being trigger-happy.
The team visited the scene of the shooting and interrogated witnesses. They also collected spent cartridges.
These were sent to ballistic experts at CID headquarters for tests.
Meanwhile, police shot and killed a suspected bicycle thief in Nairobi’s South C estate.
The suspect was in the company of three others who had broken into a house where they planned to steal a car.
After they failed, one grabbed a bicycle and rode off as occupants raised the alarm.
Lang’ata OCPD, Mr Patrick Mangoli, said police on patrol were alerted. They to shoot one suspect and recovered the bicycle.