Officers jailed for seven years for killing 14 year old girl

By Claire Wanja

Two police officers have been jailed for seven years each for killing 14-year-old schoolgirl Kwekwe Mwandaza.

Making the ruling in a Mombasa court, Judge Martin Muya decried the “rampant use of firearms among Kenya police”.

He said the two officers Inspector Veronica Gitahi and Police Constable Issah Mzee were “reckless and wanton” in their discharge of duty.

Last week, the High Court in Mombasa had found the officers guilty of manslaughter. The two have however indicated that they will appeal against the sentence.

Kwekwe was killed on August 22, 2014 in Kinango, Kwale County.

Kwekwe was shot dead when eight policemen stormed her family’s home in Kinango.

Police have been claiming that Kwekwe was killed when she attacked the policemen with a machete prompting to shoot at her several times in self defense, allegedly because she was obstructing them from arresting her uncle George Zani who they allege is a murder suspect.

Immediately after the ruling, Ms Umazi Kwekwe, mother of the slain girl, collapsed and was rushed to hospital. She earlier broke into tears saying the sentence was lenient.

 

  

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