Mourners dump dead body at police station in Nyeri
27 March 2015, 09:37
Nyeri - Police officers in Mukurweini town, Nyeri County, were Thursday forced to shoot several times in the air and use teargas to disperse mourners who had stormed a police station to protest alleged extra judicial killing of a mason.
The hundreds of mourners entered the police station carrying the body of King’ori Kanyi who was allegedly shot dead two weeks ago by a police officer at his home and later dumped at a coffee plantation.
They marched from Mukurweini District Hospital mortuary with the casket that was being carried by young men and age mates of the deceased.
Kanyi, 30, was killed by a police officer after a quarrel at a pub, according to his sister Margaret Kanyi.
Margaret said the deceased was taken from his house by three officers who later killed him.
She alleged that the investigating police officers have been compromised to do shoddy work.
“Investigating officers have already changed his name in the file to Gregory King’ori Mwangi instead of Gregory King’ori Kanyi. We smell foul play,” said Margaret.
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She further alleged that the accused police officer has already being transferred.
The irate crowd paralyzed services at the police station for some hours after they dumped the body at the entrance and opened the casket for police to view.
Police were however overwhelmed by the crowd and sought for reinforcement from the Rapid Deployment Unit (RDU) who dispersed the mourners violently.
The mourners were later joined by local leaders led by area MCA, Gicheru Chege and former Nairobi Mayor, Dick Wathika.
Wathika claimed that there was increased police harassment in the area and asked the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) to take action.
“Police are there to guard us not to harass and intimidate us. IPOA must take action against the accused officer for executing a man who was not a criminal,” said Wathika.
The mourners were demanding that the body be carried by the same police Land Rover that carried the body from the scene of crime.
The body was later carried by family and friends to Kiriti stadium where a funeral service was conducted.
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