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Chief kills 2 minors over KES 16 000 theft saga

10 December 2012, 10:50 Tony Karomo

Transport along the Meru – Maua highway was brought to a standstill after residents took to the streets protesting an alleged brutal killing of two kids by an Assistant chief and his vigilant group.

The demonstrators who engaged the police into a running battle barricaded the busy highway for more than four hours prompting the police to use teargas to disperse the rowdy crowd.

Over 2 000 irate residents walked for more than 10km to seek audience with the area District Commissioner Mwangi Meru accused the Karama location Assistant Chief Stephen Kinyua of beating and killing two children over allegation theft.

One died on the way to hospital while the other died while undergoing treatment at Tigania Mission Hospital.

It was alleged that the two minors Alex Munene and Geoffrey Mutuma aged between 9 - 11 years old were tortured and killed by the assistant chief and his scouts on Saturday night for stealing KES 16 000.

Father to one of the deceased boys, Peter Kailemia said the administrator together with his scout arrived at his homestead and picked Godfrey Mutuma, a class - three boy, accusing him of stealing the money from a neighbour.

He added that his efforts to stop them from going with his child proved futile since they alleged that they were only going to interrogate him.

Kailemia said they also headed to Peter Mutuma's home where they took his child Alex Munene at around 9.00AM.

The two minors together with another 9 -year old boy who is still recuperating in hospital were accused of taking the money from a neighbor’s house.

“The three boys went to fetch water at one Rahab Cyprian's homestead but they did not enter her house. These are rumours that the woman had recovered the misplaced cash after the children had died,” said Mutuma.

The demonstrators however called on the police commissioner Mathew Iteere to investigate the matter claiming that the assistant chief together with two other suspects were arrested and later released.

“We want to know why they were released after brutally killing innocent children. This is unfair and inhuman and if they are not rearrested we are going back to the streets to seek audience with President Mwai Kibaki,” said Mike Mutembei, patron youth lobby group Meru County.

The residents also claimed that the area MP Peter Munya has not taken any action over the matter and called on urgent intervention by the government, failure to which they will not bury the kids until stern action is taken against the killers.

However, the DC called for calm and promised that the law will take its course after investigations are over.

The bodies are at Tigania Mission Hospital awaiting postmortem.

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