DPP orders inquest into killings of baby Pendo, Stephanie Moraa

The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko has recommended  public inquest into the alleged killing, by police, of Baby Samantha Pendo and Stephanie Moraa. 

This follows recommendations by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) on Monday as it forwarded a report to the DPP after concluding investigations.

“The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) carried out investigations into the above mentioned incident and from the evidence gathered it is not able to identify the particular officer(s) who shot and caused the death of Stephanie Moraa Gesamba and Samantha Pendo,” He said.

On Moraa’s case the DPP has recommended that the National Police Service Commission should compensate the family of the deceased for the unlawful use of force by the police.

The Director of Public Prosecution has further advised the family of the deceased to pursue civil proceeding against the Service should the commission fail to compensate them.

On baby Pendo’s case the DPP has recommended to the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) to consider instituting  disciplinary proceedings against the police commanders in question for being negligent in performance of their duties especially for failing to coordinate the police operation in question.

Tobiko further urged the parents of baby Pendo to pursue civil proceedings against the national police service-for compensation.

Police were accused of hitting six-month-old Pendo with a baton on the head after forcing their way into her parent’s home in Nyalenda B estate, Kisumu, on August 12 following the announcement of presidential election results.

They were also accused of allegedly fatally shooting, Moraa as she played on the balcony of their rental house in Mathare North, Nairobi, on August 12.

  

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