IPOA IS INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF MR PETER KAMANDE

IPOA IS INVESTIGATING THE DEATH OF MR PETER KAMANDE

IPOA is investigating the death of Mr Peter Kamande, who is reported to have died while in police custody in Murang’a County.
Initial reports indicate that he was detained by officers at the Muruka Administration Police camp on July 1, but relatives who checked on him the following day were directed to identify the body at the Thika General Kago mortuary.
IPOA Principal Communications Officer Rosemary Kamau said: “We are investigating the matter. Rapid response team responded to the reports and the investigation is ongoing.”

Separately, IPOA investigations into the death of a 15-year-old girl who was shot at a tallying centre during the 2017 General Election are at an advanced stage.
The Authority launched investigations following reports that police officers opened fire to quell chaos pitting two rival groups at the centre in Elgeyo Marakwet County.
The reports indicated that the victim was not at the centre during the incident but was “far away.”
Ms Kamau also said: “The Authority has been conducting investigations which are at an advanced stage. Soon the case file will be forwarded to the Office of Director of Public Prosecutions with recommendations on the way forward.”
At the same time, a police officer is scheduled to take plea on July 26, over the death of Mr Evans Njoroge, a Meru university student leader who was shot dead during demonstrations in Meru town.
IPOA investigated the case and forwarded the case file to the ODPP, with recommendations that the officer to face murder charges.
The officer appeared in court on Friday last week did not take plea, pending a medical examination that will determine if he is fit to stand trial.
The examination is mandatory for accused persons who are facing capital offences.
IPOA is mandated by law to hold the police accountable to the public in the performance of their duties.
It investigates deaths and serious injuries occasioned by police action, make its findings public and also give recommendations.

Section 6 of the IPOA Act, states that its functions are to “investigate any complaints related to disciplinary or criminal offences committed by any member of the National Police Service, whether on its own motion or on receipt of a complaint, and make recommendations to the relevant authorities, including recommendations for prosecution, compensation, internal disciplinary action or any other appropriate relief, and shall make public the response received to these recommendations.”