Matungu killings probe: DPP orders release of ex-CS Echesa, Senator Malala

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Mohamed Haji
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Mohamed Haji. PHOTO | FILE

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has asked police to release former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and three politicians apprehended over killings in Matungu, Kakamega County.

In a statement issued Sunday evening, the DPP said investigations into the matter are incomplete and evidence so far gathered is insufficient, hence, the four; Echesa, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, Matungu MP Justus Murunga and MCA Libinus Odour be released.

“After discussions with the Inspector General, it is clear that investigations are at an advanced stage but incomplete. The evidence so far gathered does not meet the requisite threshold. Consequently, I have directed the DCI through the IG to have the Matungu brutal killings thoroughly investigated and the resultant files submitted to my office for perusal and directions,” said the DPP.

The four politicians, who were arrested over the weekend are, however, required to report to police on Monday.

“In the meantime, I further direct that the suspects be forthwith released on p52 pending the said investigations and the report back to police on Monday at 10am without fail,” added DPP Haji.

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