September 25th 2017

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Gilgil residents march on police station after man, 32, dies in custody

Thomas Muchina, a neigbour of the deceased, said that it was suspicious why Administration Police officers had to remove the body from the crime scene before crime scene police officers arrived. A nephew to the deceased, suspected there could have been a struggle before the deceased met his death.

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comTuesday, 11 Apr 2017 18:49 EAT

The body of a 32-year-old man was early today found inside Kiptangwany Administration Police post in Elementaita, Gilgil. Discovery of the body sparked protests from locals who accused the AP officers in the area of being behind the death.

Those interviewed said that the deceased, identified as Ng'ang'a Gitara, was last seen at Kiptangwany trading center at around 8.00pm yesterday while drunk. He was reportedly arrested and locked up at Kiptangwany AP Camp although it was not immediately clear why he was arrested.

Officers at the AP Camp however said that the deceased was never in their custody, adding that his body was discovered by one of the officers behind a wooden house within the AP Camp compound. The body had a waist belt fastened around his neck with bruises on both wrists, according to eyewitnesses.

Thomas Muchina, a neigbour of the deceased, said that it was suspicious why Administration Police officers had to remove the body from the crime scene before crime scene police officers arrived. Moses Gitara, a nephew to the deceased, suspected there could have been a struggle before the deceased met his death.

The deceased's sister Veronicah Wangari said the police might have “killed” her brother after picking a quarrel with him. He said that although her brother was a habitual drunkard, he never used to pick quarrels with anybody.

News of the death culminated into a drama after angry residents of Kiptangwany stormed the AP post demanding that all officers in the camp be transferred. Police officers led by Elementaita OCS were forced to call for reinforcement from Gilgil divisional headquarters whereby Gilgil OCPD Sarah Koki and DCIO Joseph Owiti arrived in the company of more armed police officers.

Ms Koki told reporters that the body was discovered by one of the officers who later called the OCS Elementaita to visit the crime scene. She said that it was still early to make any conclusions adding that CID officers from Gilgil had taken up the matter and were carrying out investigations.

The police boss said that the deceased’s body was taken to Nakuru county government mortuary where a postmortem will be conducted to ascertain the cause of death.

She called on residents of Kiptangwany to volunteer information that could assist police in carrying out investigations.

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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