The law of the jungle as applied by irate villagers prevailed – DCI speaks after serial killer Wanjala was lynched

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 15 Oct, 2021 12:58 | 2 mins read
Suspected serial killer Masten Wanjala. PHOTO/COURTESY

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) has issued a statement after suspected serial killer Masten Wanjala was murdered by a mob on Friday morning in Kabuchai, Bungoma county.

In the statement, DCI said it had been determined to ensure Wanjala who escaped from police custody on Wednesday answers for the crimes he allegedly committed. 

“The Directorate of Criminal Investigations was determined to ensure that the suspect faces justice in a court of law for each crime that he committed. However, the law of the jungle as applied by irate villagers prevailed,” DCI said in the Friday, October 15 statement. 

On July 14, 2021, DCI Special Service agents and Homicide detectives arrested Wanjala, a serial killer who was allegedly behind the cold-blooded murders of at least 10 innocent children.

“Our thoughts are with the families of those who lost their innocent children in the hands of the suspect. We reiterate our commitment to ensuring that we continue to serve with Dedication, Care, and Integrity,” DCI said in the statement. 

The statement by DCI comes after three officers accused of aiding Wanjala in his escape from police custody were released on Ksh100,000 cash bail each. 

Magistrate Jane Kamau also ordered the officers namely Philip Mbithi, Boniface Mutuma and Precious Mwinzi to report to the investigating officer daily for the next 7 days at 9:30 am.

“The state must employ all the missionaries to investigate this matter including the IPOA. The police investigators must move with speed to bring this matter to an end,” the magistrate ruled. 

The police were seeking 14 days to detain the suspects in order to complete investigations. 

In an affidavit filed by the investigating officer Wanga Masake, the state says the three were arrested on suspicion of having committed the offence of aiding a prisoner to escape contrary to the law.

Through their lawyer Danstan Omari, the officers defended themselves claiming that lack of electricity at the police cells led to the escape of the prisoner.

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