Police boss Francis Gichuhi accused of shielding Cop Nancy Njeri sent home -Lawyer Onesmus Masaku probe


Lawyer Onesmus Masaku
Lawyer Onesmus Masaku. FILE


A police commander managing the involved police officers in the assault of a Makueni-based lawyer, who later died while receiving treatment, has been sent on mandatory leave.

Makueni Ward Police Commander Francis Gichuhi is accused of attempting to shield Constable Nancy Njeri, who cut off lawyer Onesmas Masaku's hand using a panga, hitting him with a blunt object on his head two weeks ago.

The lawyer died on Sunday while receiving treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital.

Makueni County Police Commander Joseph Ole Napeiyan stated that he had initiated plans to dismiss Ms Njeri from the service.

The moves come after detectives rushed to conclude investigations into the matter before Friday when Ms Njeri will be arraigned in Court.

The Law Society of Kenya president Nelson Havi urged the Director of Public Prosecutions to press murder charges against Ms Njeri, Makueni Director of Criminal Investigations and Makueni county police commander who he accused of being accomplices of the police constable.

Mr Gichuhi deed came amid increasing pressure Makueni residents, who faulted the police, had frightened to disrupt Mashujaa Day celebrations in Wote town on Tuesday.

“There were fears that people who were unhappy with the recent conduct of police officers were planning to disrupt the celebrations. Therefore, there is no way we would have allowed the OCS to command the parade. We told him to go. Even if it means going on leave as we sort out the mess,” a police officer in the area said insisting of anonymity.

Although the celebrations at Unoa grounds went on uninterrupted, speakers spoke against the police for allowing rogue components to taint its image.

“Dismissing the suspect from police service and transferring the OCS is not enough. More action should be taken to ensure that rogue police officers and those shielding them are punished,” Kathonzweni MCA Francis Mutungi told the rally amid cheers.

Makueni County Commissioner Mohammed Maalim assured the residents that plans were underway for all rogue police officers.

 “We shall get rid of them from the public service. Anyone found to be of questionable character has no room in this county,” he said.

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