Protests in Marsabit after gunmen kill teacher

Marsabit County Police Commander Samuel Mutunga
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Police in Marsabit have called on leaders and residents to uphold peace amidst tension following the brutal murder of a high school teacher last Saturday by unknown gunmen.

Mr Jeremiah Ado Hanche, a teacher at Dakabaricha Mixed Secondary School, was shot five times at his home in Marsabit.

Marsabit Police Commander Samuel Mutunga Wednesday warned leaders against inciting the public against the police and called for patience as detectives  investigate the killing.

He maintained that police have no intention to cover-up for the criminals who committed the heinous act.

There has been an outcry with the public linking security officers to the death. But Mr Mutunga maintained that the law will take its course regardless of the status of the perpetrators.

He called on those who had crucial information that could lead to the arrest of the criminals to help detectives to unearth the killers of the teacher without fear of retribution or victimisation.

The county police boss also warned the organisers of demonstrations against jeopardising the lives of others by disregarding the social distancing protocols.

He maintained that defiance of the Covid-19 regulations will be met with serious ramifications for the perpetrators and should not be taken to mean that the police are attempting to scuttle the probe into the killing of the teacher.

He further said that the investigations had been handed over to the county criminal investigations office since the public had lost confidence in the police.

Marsabit County Criminal Investigations Officer Bethuel Oburu said that a phone believed to have been dropped by one of the killers at the crime scene and the used cartridges have been taken to the forensic laboratory in Nairobi.

Mr Kura Konse, a lawyer representing the teacher’s family, accused security officers and the DCI of dragging their feet in their investigations.

Mr Konse wondered why there were twists and turns surrounding the murder and asked why people clad in police uniform were sighted a few metres away from the teacher’s house a short while before his murder.

He also wondered why a few police officers who arrived at the scene immediately after the attack fled when one of the alleged killers was spotted coming out of a toilet at the scene of crime.

“We won’t give up until the killers are arrested and sent to prison,’’ Mr Konse said.

The murdered teacher has been eulogised as an excellent performer.

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