KDF soldier, ex-MCA among 14 suspects detained over deadly Njoro tribal clashes

By Eliud Mwangi On Mon, 3 Aug, 2020 16:45 | < 1 min read
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The suspects will be held at the Bondeni Police Station for 10 days. PHOTO | ELIUD MWANGI

A court in Nakuru has ordered that 14 suspects arrested in connection with the violent clashes that rocked Njoro region to be detained for 10 days to allow police to conclude investigations.

Nakuru Senior Resident Magistrate Lilian Arika directed that the suspects, among them former Nessuit Ward Representative Joseph Miangari and a Kenya Defense Force soldier, be detained at Bondeni Police Station and Njoro police station respectively.

The orders followed the application by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations who sought to hold the suspects for 14 days pending investigations.

The police, through an affidavit sworn by Sergeant Joshua Tobolei, said they were investigating charges of murder, promoting war-like undertaking and incitement to violence.

Mr Tobolei said they needed time to conclude interrogation of suspects, retrieval of their criminal records as well as record statements, and conduct identification parade.

Police claim the suspects jointly with others who are at large were responsible for organizing and funding the clashes which left five people dead and thousands displaced.

However, the suspects’ lawyer Ochang Ajigo opposed the application, saying the police want to punish his clients by holding them without charging them. 

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