DPP orders inquest into killings of Baby Pendo, Stephanie Moraa


DPP orders inquest into killings of Baby Pendo, Stephanie Moraa
Environment and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko. Photo/File

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

In a statement sent to newsrooms, Tobiko directed the parents of the two children to pursue civil proceedings against the National Police Service Commission (NPSC) if the body fails to compensate them.

“The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) carried out investigations into the above mentioned incident and from the evidence gathered it is not able to identify the particular officer(s) who shot and caused the death of Stephanie Moraa Gesamba and Samantha Pendo,” the statement read.

“IPOA however concluded that the commanders, namely Titus Yoma County Commander Kisumu County, SSP Christopher Mutune OCPD Kisumu East, SSP Benjamin Kosgei DACP Kisumu Central and John Thiringi who were in charge of the affected areas were negligent on August 12 resulting into the death of Samantha Pendo,” the statement reads.

Stephanie Moraa died after being hit by a stray bullet that tore through her chest while playing in her home’s balcony in Mathare.

In the Samantha Pendo case, the DPP asked that the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) to consider assisting the various victims of police misconduct. He also directed that the police be trained on fundamental human rights.

This comes after Baby Pendo died on August 15 at Aga Khan Hospital after being in a five-day coma.

She was critically injured on the head by armed police officers who raided her parents’ house in Nyalenda, Kisumu County during a door-door operation after demonstrations against the outcome of the August 8 presidential election.

 

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