Investigations show police often fabricate evidence to justify shootings

PULLED OUT OF HOUSE He pulled him out of the house and forced him to lie down at the entrance before shooting him seven times. The police ...


He pulled him out of the house and forced him to lie down at the entrance before shooting him seven times.

The police report did not indicate the number of rounds that were fired by the officer.

“The officer, who was well known to me, told our local chief that he would kill my son since he was involved in criminal activities. I do not understand why he did not arrest him,” said Mr Odongo's mother.

In another case, a police officer was found to have removed a suspect from the Kamulu Police Station but later shot him dead and reported that the man had died during a shootout on Mombasa Road.

Investigations into the incident have been finalised.

When two Egerton University students - Dennis Ongwae Magomere and Felix Ngaywa Nyagena - were shot dead at the Globe Cinema roundabout, an officer claimed that they were found mugging pedestrians.

It was established later, however, that the two had travelled from the university's Njoro campus to Nairobi to follow up on their Higher Education Loans Board (Helb) loans on the day they were killed.

They were shot dead as they were leaving town for Mathare North to spend the night with a relative.

Though they had their national and university identification documents on them, police labelled them as unidentified.

After AP Constable Joseph Obongo, attached to Bomachoge MP Joel Onyancha, was shot dead in Kangemi, the Dagoretti OCPD reported that the officer was intercepted while trying to rob a bar.

Ipoa concluded its investigations and recommended murder charges to the Director of Public Prosecutions, who in April 2015 concurred with the authority’s recommendations on murder.


In May 2015, a police officer shot dead Gregory King’ori Kanyi in Mukurwe-ini after both were involved in a physical fight.

At around midnight, the officer, accompanied by four others, went to Mr Kanyi's house.

They broke his door but as he was trying to escape, they shot him in the chest.

The bullet that killed him went through his body, past the open door and through the wooden wall of his bedroom, narrowly missing his two sleeping young children.

The officers reported that the man was armed.

Investigations also revealed that the officers did not record the arrest attempt in the Occurrence Book prior to leaving the station, as required.

The latest revelations show that the police service is unable to investigate itself and bring rogue officers to justice.

At least three police station commanders have been charged in court after investigations revealed that they were involved in killings.



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Today in Kenya: Investigations show police often fabricate evidence to justify shootings
Investigations show police often fabricate evidence to justify shootings
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