Embu brothers: IG set to visit county in efforts to quell protests


Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai is Friday expected to visit Embu County in efforts to quell protests pitching residents of Kianjokoma village and the police.

The residents have been engaging the police in running battles and riots, following mysterious deaths of two brothers who had earlier been arrested by the police for contravening curfew regulations.

The residents barricaded the road entering Kianjokoma trading Centre as they demanded arrest and prosecution of those involved in the deaths of Benson Njiru, 22 and Emanuel Mutura 19.

The residents alleged that the police were behind the brutal deaths of the two sons of John Ndwiga whose bodies were found at Embu Level Five hospital mortuary.

One person was shot dead on Thursday in the riots.

Deputy IG Edward Mbugua Friday morning visited the home of the two brothers.

Residents are accusing the police of extra judicial killings after an autopsy on the bodies of the two brothers on Thursday revealed that they died from multiple head and limb injuries.

The autopsy invalidates the police report which stated the two brothers jumped off a moving police vehicle thus incurring injuries that led to their death.

Also read->Autopsy contradicts police accounts in Kianjokoma brothers shocking deaths

The Police Reforms Working Group, IMLU and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) are also investigating the matter.

In a statement, IPOA said that it had deployed its investigators from Nairobi to beef up their Meru Rapid Investigations counterparts who launched their investigations on Wednesday.

The Policing Oversight Authority said that the move was meant to fast track investigations.

Also read-> IPOA launches investigations into death of two Embu brothers

Following the tension, police officers have been deployed to beef up security in the area to calm the situation.

The two brothers were arrested last Sunday together with other eight suspects for being out past curfew hours only for their bodies to be found in mortuary Tuesday.

According to Embu North Sub County Police Commander Emily Ngaruiya who addressed the media on Tuesday, the two were arrested on Sunday around midnight after being found past curfew hours together with other eight suspects.

Ngaruiya said while the suspects were being escorted to Manyatta police station, the two jumped from a fast moving vehicle without the knowledge of police officers only to realize when they were counting the suspects.

However when they went back, they found the bodies of the deceased along the road, collected them and took them to the mortuary.

But according to their parents claimed foul play claiming that officers at Manyattta Police Station were reluctant to shed more light on the tragic turn of events.

They insisted that witnesses confirmed that Benson Njiru and his old brother Emanuel Mutura, who were students at Don Bosco technical Institute and Moi Kabaraka University respectively were arrested before their bodies were Kibugu trading centre.

Felix Thiga, an Uncle to the deceased told KNA that his nephew had I n his possession over  Sh 10, 000 from their sales at the time of their arrests barely a kilometer from their home before police officers from Runyenjes collected their bodies some 30 kilometres away.

Thiga added that when they realized the boys were missing the following day they went to Manyatta police station to enquire about them they found no report concerning them.

However, according to their Uncle, they were informed that police officers from Runyenjes had collected two bodies which were at Embu level five hospital mortuary.

He blamed the police from Manyatta for going round in circles over the matter, an indication that there is something they are hiding from the family, noting that the money and the phones from the boys were missing.


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