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Lobby groups unhappy with handling of Kwekwe murder case

14 October 2014, 08:13 Ken wekesa

Mombasa - Lobby groups in Mombasa have expressed their discontent over the handling of the case of two police officers charged with the murder of a 14-year-old girl in Kwale County.

Speaking outside Mombasa Law Court, Haki Africa director Hussein Khalid said the court was too lenient to the two officers who were released on a cash bail of KES 500,000 each, with a surety of similar amount.

“We are surprised with the turnover of events, the DDP did not object the release of the accused on bail," Khalid said.

He said will file an application in court to be enjoined in the case to ensure that justice is served to both parties.

His sentiments were echoed by Muslim for Human Rights director Khelef Khalifa who accused the assistant director of public prosecution Alexander Muteti of being too soft to the accused.

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He said there was evidence that the police shot the girl and efforts were made to cover up for the murder.

“If it were not for Muhuri this murder would have gone unnoticed, efforts were being made by some senior offices to cover up for the murder” said Khalifa

He said the bond set for the two police officers was too low for a murder charge.

However the lawyer of the accused persons, Cliff Ombeta welcomed the court ruling and said the prosecution had not given any compelling to why the accused should be denied bail.

Ombeta said it was upon the court to certify itself if a person can appear in court.

“There is no scale murder bond it’s the court that certify itself it can given any rate as long as you can appear in court, you cannot be denied bail when there is no reason given," said Ombeta.

Ombeta revealed that  Inspector Veronica Gatahi and Corporal Issa Mzee were still serving in the police force until Monday when they appeared in court since they were accused of killing the minor in Kwale.

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