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Embu brothers: DPP Haji gives IG hours to arrest police officers involved

DPP Haji has received the preliminary investigation file on the death of Emmanuel and Benson.

Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has taken action over the recent reports of the unfortunate deaths of two brothers Benson Njiru Ndwiga and Emmanuel Matura Ndwiga in Kianjokoma Area within Embu.

In a statement on Monday, August 16, Haji noted that the death of the two siblings had attracted considerable public anger.

He then ordered the arrest of all police officers deemed to have been involved in the murder.

I am shortly directing the IG to immediately arrest and arraign in court, in Nairobi, all officers involved pending investigations by the IPOA to avoid any interference with evidence and or intimidation of witnesses.

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For that reason, and keeping in view the urgency of this matter, we expect to receive the results of all investigations into this no later than the close of business today August 16, 2021. We have their assurance and commitment to do so,” Haji ordered.

IG Hillary Mutyambai has forwarded to the ODPP a file of preliminary findings which is under urgent scrutiny and review.

The fact that the deaths ostensibly occurred while the deceased were in the custody of police officers calls for a full and fair investigation to establish the circumstances which led to the deaths.

He stated that IPOA is currently finalizing investigations in the matter and on his part, directed that the inquiry file be forwarded as soon as possible for perusal and appropriate directions.

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Haji also said he is aware that the National Police Service (NPS) Internal Affairs Unit, had launched their own inquiries into the possible culpability of the officers.

It bears repeating that law enforcement officials have a duty to comply with all constitutional requirements as to human rights and freedoms of persons in their custody, while in the course of maintaining law and order.

IPOA has the initial mandate to investigate the conduct of police officers and we are assured that they are doing so. This is without prejudice to the overarching authority of the DPP to undertake all prosecutions,” the DPP said.

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