Baby Pendo case moved to February by Kisumu court


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Former Karachuonyo MP Phoebe Asiyo (left) with Samantha Pendo's mother, Lancer Achieng in her home in Kilo, Kisumu County holding Baby Pendo's portrait, on August 16, 2017.

A Kisumu court has today moved the mention date of the public inquest into the death of Baby Samantha Pendo that was set to begin today.

Resident Magistrate Beryl Omollo moved the date to February 16th.

A total of 21 people are set to testify in a case seeking to establish the killers of baby Samantha Pendo.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko in November ordered an inquest into the killings of Baby Pendo and another minor Samantha Moraa during post poll protests in Kisumu and Mathare.

Baby Pendo died in August last year after she was reportedly hit on the head by anti riot police who stormed her parents house in Nyalenda slums, Kisumu.

Among the 21 witnesses are two General Service Unit (GSU) officers who were deployed to man Kachok and Nyalenda areas, while some other two are attached to the Recce Company Ruiru.

Also to testify is Mr. Nzioka Mutune, a GSU commander who was the lead officer for all the GSU platoon units deployed in Nyanza region during the period.

Former Kisumu County Police Commander Titus Yoma, Kisumu East OCPD Mutune Maweu, Central OCS John Thiringi and Kisumu Central DAPC Benjamin Kosgei will also take the witness stand.

The baby’s parents, Mr Abanja and Ms Lencer Achieng, and nine civilians, including neighbours, will also be witnesses in the case.

The inquest was directed by the ODPP after investigations by police failed to point to the culprits.

 

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