6 December 2012

Kenya: Tigania Locals Furious As Chief On Trial Over Killings Is Freed

Transport on the Meru-Maua road was disrupted when residents of Mbaranga in Tigania East staged demonstrations to protest against the release of an assistant chief who allegedly authorised the beating of two children to death.

Police officers fired teargas canisters to disperse the crowd at the DC's office protest the killing of the boys aged 9 and 14. The third boy, aged 12, is admitted to Tigania Mission Hospital.

Police boss Charles Kosgey said the father of the three boys Peter Kailemi reported on Friday that a group of young men led by the area assistant chief went to his home looking for the three boys to discipline them for stealing Sh16,000 from a woman identified as Rahab.

"The 3 boys were tortured in the name of interrogation till they became unconscious. Two died the following day while undergoing treatment at the Tigania Mission Hospital," he said.

Kosgey said they arrested the woman, a water vendor, a young person who was among the group of youth and the assistant chief who has been released on bond. He said the residents do not understand that people have the right to be freed on bond even if they are charged with murder.

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