DPP Haji Set to Prosecute Officers Over Baby Pendo’s Death

July 4, 2019

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions (DPP) is reviewing case file on baby Samantha Pendo in a bid to prosecute police officers found culpable of the brutal death of the six-month-old infant.

Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji said prosecution will be informed by the findings of a public inquest into the killing of baby Pendo during the August 2017 post-election chaos.

Five senior police officers were found culpable for the death of the child who was clobbered on the night of August 10. An autopsy report established baby Pendo succumbed to severe head injuries inflicted on her by officers who were responding to protests in Nyalenda estate, Kisumu County.

The officers include: former Kisumu County commander Titus Yoma, former OCPD Kisumu East Christopher Mutune, former OCS John Thiringi, Inspector of Police Linah Kogei and Benjamin Koima, the then AP commandant Kisumu Central.

“I am in the process of reviewing the file on Baby Pendo in order to initiate prosecution of suspects found culpable as per the finding of the inquest for the death of Baby Samantha Pendo in 2017,” DPP Haji said Wednesday.

He spoke during the opening of an international conference on police accountability in Africa.

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