At least 10 members of the Mombasa-based General Service Unit are being held on murder charges in connection with the deaths of four protesters in Kajiado county along the Mombasa highway on March 23rd.
The 10 GSU officers who had been arrested in connection with the shooting at Masimba remained in police custody over the weekend awaiting a court ruling. For almost 4 hours, the demonstrators had shut down traffic on a major highway leading into Mombasa.
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) conducted an investigation into the shooting incident and found that ten police officers were responsible for the deaths of Duncan Kanari, Letemir Topoika Yionti, Denis Matheka Mutua, and Stanley Ntidu Tereu, as well as the injuries sustained by six other villagers who were left nursing gun wounds.
The Masimba locals were protesting over the lephants that had invaded their farm, killing a teacher in the process. Because of this, they expressed their anger on the highway leading to Mombasa, by blocking the highway in attempt relay the massage to the KWS.
The Director of Public Prosecution ordered the arrest of the 10 GSU to be rained in court after an impartial review by the IPOA found the 10 officers guilty of the charges.
“The IPOA’s examination into the case shows that the GSU officers committed a murder offense in violation of Code of Criminal Procedure Article 203, as read with Article 204. The ten police officers are also guilty of violating Penal Code section 234 by employing deadly force during the demonstrations.” reads the IPOA report.
The ten police officers are also guilty of violating Penal Code section 234 by employing deadly force during the demonstrations.” reads the IPOA report. 10 GSU officers were among the 7 others that were transporting De La Rue Company merchandise from Mombasa to Nairobi when they met the protesters.” revealed the IPOA report.