Family of slain MP aide call for speedy investigations

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The family of Brian Olunga, who was shot dead at the Chebukwabi polling station in Bungoma last Tuesday, want the police to speed up their investigations.

Speaking in Samitsi village in Malava, Kakamega County, the family of the late Olunga, who was a bodyguard to National Assembly candidate Brian Khaemba, has urged the authorities to hasten investigations and  bring the culprit to book.

Kimilili Member of Parliament (MP) elect Didmus Barasa is in police custody in connection with the shooting, although he has distanced himself from allegations that he knowingly shot Olunga.

Barasa maintained that the events of that day remain blurry even to him.

According to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP), Barasa will be held at the Bungoma Police Station pending arraignment in court on Monday.

IPOA investigations

Meanwhile, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) will look into three incidents that occurred during the election period.

The oversight authority has launched investigations into allegations of misconduct by officers in Wajir, Uasin Gishu and Bungoma counties.

The investigations will look into three incidents:-

  • The non-fatal shooting of two men and an assault on a woman, allegedly perpetrated by police in Eldas, Wajir County.
  • An alleged attempted rape by a police officer from Matisi Police Station in Bungoma County.
  • A shooting and serious injury involving a police officer and a political aspirant’s bodyguard in Uasin Gishu County.

The independent authority said that despite the fact that the police had largely conducted themselves within the law, the authority was mandated to monitor policing operations affecting members of the public.

The authority will also continue to monitor how the police are managing crowds, maintaining security and order during the electioneering period.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority was established through an Act of Parliament published in November 2011. The inaugural Board was sworn into office in June 2012.

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