Trouble for top police commanders in baby Pendo's death after court ruling

Justice for Baby Pendo

Ms Lencer Achieng', Baby Samatha Pendo's mother, testifies during an inquest

Six senior police officers have been found culpable in the death of Baby Samantha Pendo.

A ruling which was made on Thursday, the Court asked the Directorate of Criminal Investigation probes the top brass together with 31 other junior officers.

Resident Magistrate Beryl Omollo said her in her ruling that the evidence produced in court overwhelmingly indicts CI John Siringi, IP Linah Kogey, SS Benjamin Koima, Titus Yoma and other junior officers for the death of the minor.

GSU involved

The Magistrate also recommended action be taken against a platoon of 30 GSU officers who had been deployed to Nyalenda led by their commander Nzioka Mutune.

Lencer Achieng and Joseph Abanja who are baby Pendo's parents alongside several junior and senior police officers and also medical staff who attended to the baby, testified during the inquest.

The inquest took over 10 months and saw over 20 witnesses take to the witness stand.

Baby Pendo died in August 2017 after allegedly being hit by police officers who were quelling violence that erupted after President Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the winner of the presidential election.

Inquest

She succumbed to her injuries while undergoing treatment at the Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu where she was admitted in critical condition.

The Office of the DPP ordered an inquest after police officers failed to ascertain those behind the death.

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