Police officers linked to Embu brothers' deaths arrested, appear in court

Six officers accused of killing the two Embu brothers arrive at Milimani Law Courts

Six police officers linked to the deaths of the two Embu brothers were on Monday evening arrested and transferred to Nairobi.

The suspects were then arraigned at the Milimani Law Courts on Tuesday under a miscellaneous application. 

Embu brothers killing Police suspects court

The suspects arrive at the Milimani Law Courts on August 17, 2021. 

Photo credit: Dennis Onsongo | Nation Media Group
Embu brothers killing Police suspects court

Officers linked to the deaths of two Embu brothers at the Milimani Law Courts on August 17, 2021. 

Photo credit: Dennis Onsongo | Nation Media Group
Embu brothers killing Police suspects court

Six officers linked to the deaths of two Embu brothers at the Milimani Law Courts on August 17, 2021. 

Photo credit: Richard Munguti | Nation Media Group

On Monday, the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji ordered the immediate arrest and arraignment in Nairobi of all police officers involved in the deaths of two brothers in Kianjokoma, Embu County.

Benson Njiru and Emmanuel Mutura

Emmanuel Mutura, 19, and Benson Njiru, 22, the brothers who were found dead after police arrested them during curfew hours. 

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The officers were earlier suspended after the conclusion of investigations into the deaths of Benson Njiru, 22, and Emmanuel Mutura, 19. The two were found dead earlier this month after being arrested by police during curfew hours.

DPP Haji issued the directives to Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai In a statement on Monday.

He said that the move will "avoid any interference with evidence and/or intimidation of witnesses" as the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (Ipoa) investigates the matter.

"For that reason and keeping in view the urgency of this matter, we expect to receive results of all investigations into this matter not later than close of business today," he said.

The DPP said his instructions were based on a preliminary investigation file by the Internal Affairs Unit (IAU).

Alleged cover-up by officers

Since their bodies were discovered, officers in Embu initially claimed they had jumped from a police vehicle, but the brothers' relatives, Kianjokoma residents and local leaders have refuted this claim. 

After visiting the family, Speaker Justin Muturi alleged that the burning of a police vehicle during recent protests in Kianjokoma was deliberate since it was the same car that carried the brothers. 

"They (police officers) watched as the vehicle was being set ablaze and didn't fire even a single shot to disperse the public. The vehicle, which had a lot of evidence...The officers made sure the evidence was destroyed," he said last week.

Speaker Justin Muturi speaks on deaths of two Embu brothers

Mutura (19) and Njiru (22) were buried in the same grave during an emotional ceremony held at Kathangari village, Embu County last Friday. 

Emotions run high in Embu during the funeral service of slain brothers

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