Officers suspect that ten government administrators in Murang’a county tortured and drowned two young men in the Chania river. The officials now risk arrest, prosecution, and losing their jobs over the allegations.
John Kanda, the Gatanga Sub-County Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI), told journalists that he forwarded the case file to the Murang’a Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP). The DPP will peruse the file and advice them further.
“The file is at its very nascent stage. Therefore, I do not want to comment broadly on this matter. If we get the nod to escalate, we will arrest, arraign and prosecute the administrators with an intention to win a conviction,” Kanda said.
Witness statements revealed that the ten officers, two chiefs and eight assistant chiefs from Kakuzi/Mitubiri, were on patrol when they confronted the two victims. The victims, 20-year-old Nicholas Maithya and 18-year-old Asman Kamau, were walking along River Chania in Rubiro village.
The administrative officers allegedly handcuffed them and beat them up. They then pushed them into the river, where they drowned.
Locals recovered the two bodies after searching for eight days. When pathologists conducted a post mortem on the bodies, they revealed that the victims had multiple injury marks on their hands. Therefore, it is possible that someone handcuffed them.
According to the report, the two young men died of strangulation due to the restricted flow of oxygen into their brains. Investigations are still ongoing.