Emotional moment as Baby Pendo’s parents address delegates at Bomas of Kenya

The dark side of politics was retold at the Bomas of Kenya during the launch of the Building Bridges Initiative Steering Committee report as Baby Samantha Pendo’s parents took the podium.

Pendo,a six-month old infant, was bludgeoned to death by a baton wielding policeman on August 2017 during protests occasioned by the disputed presidential election.

In an emotional speech, Pendo’s mother Lensa Achieng said the memory of the fateful day remains fresh in her mind. Her recount of the fateful day as graphical as it was devastating.  “A flower was uprooted from my garden and it cannot be replaced”. Said a teary Lensa.

Lensa calling on the political class who lose elections to accept results and desist from inciting Kenyans against each other.  Sentiments that were shared by Pendo’s father Joseph Abanja who said the blood of her daughter should be the last shed over elections.

A public inquest into Baby Samantha Pendo’s killing found five police officers susceptible recommending their prosecution

A judicial inquiry into the death of Baby Pendo delivered its ruling on February 14, 2019 recommending the prosecution of five police commanders.

In her judgement, resident magistrate Beryl Omollo ruled that the five officers who were on duty around Kilo junction, in Kisumu’s Nyalenda slums during the post-election chaos, had a case to answer.

The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) has proposed radical changes geared towards addressing confusion in command structures of the National police service.

The Bill seeks to amend Chapter Fourteen of the Constitution on National Security that will see the merger of constituent units of the National Police Service and provide clarity on the unity of command in the service.

  

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