Hours after meeting and condoling with the parents of the slain Kionjokoma brothers yesterday Wednesday August 11, 2021, at their Embu home Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has now taken over the case.
The CS visited the family in the company of Attorney General Kihara Kariuki, Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai and senior security officials to comfort the family in their lowest moment.
The two brothers Benson Njiru and Emmanuel Mutura, who died mysteriously hours after they were apprehended by the police on Sunday August 4, 2021 with their bodies found at the morgue days later.
Speaking with the press moments later, the interior CS said that he had assured the family that they had received preliminary reports, and would follow up once a conclusive one was out.
“I was briefed on the case and I am looking into the report. I do not want to say what we shall do not to preempt but we shall follow the law
“I promised the father we will do all we can to get justice and follow the direction the report will point us to,” Matiang’i stated and added that his office would follow the law in executing recommendations issued by the report.
The Cabinet secretary is also reported to have prayed for for the family before beginning his journey back to Nairobi.
The police wing of Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) and the Internal Affairs Unit at the National Police Service (IAU) are currently investigating the matter which grabbed headlines eliciting a lot of attention.
Eye witnesses account of the event indicate that the two were beaten up by police before their bodies were dumped near their home, having been arrested for flouting curfew rules.
“They hit Mutura on the head and I saw him lying unconscious. Another officer then hit Ndwiga and he fell on the ground,” the witness claimed, adding that they were then driven to Manyatta Police Station.
Police officers at the Manyatta police station however allege that the two jumped out of a moving vehicle in a bid to escape.
After their deaths, Deputy Inspector General of Police Edward Mbugua ordered the transfer of former Manyatta OCS Adullahi Yaya and former Embu North OCPD Emily Ngaruiya.