Two police officers have been arrested over the death of Mathare man while enforcing curfew orders in Mradi Area, Mathare North, Nairobi on May 3, 2020.
Vitalis Owino Ochilo alias Madaraka succumbed to injuries sustained after he was arrested by police officers.
According to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA), Inspector Daniel Musau and Corporal Robert Mwangi Kibororo were yesterday arrested after they concluded their investigations and forwaded the file to Office of Director of Public Prosecution with recommendations to charge the officers for the offence of murder.
“The ODPP, after independently reviewing the evidence therein, concurred with the
reccomendations of the Authority,” said the authority.
The two were placed in custody and are scheduled to be presented at the High Court in Milimani today.
Vitalis death sparked an angry protest from area residents who accused police of being behind Owino’s demise.
According to witnesses, Vitalis was badly assaulted and left for dead by police for flouting the dusk-to-dawn curfew, at around 7.30 p.m. as he returned home after taking his wife to the nearby Baraka Hospital.
They alleged that the officers had failed to take the body despite being aware of the death.
The residents resolved to take the body to Muthaiga Police Station, wrapping it in a white sheet and loading it onto a hand-cart better known as mkokoteni.