AG Demands Police Report On Kariobangi Killings

The East African Standard (Kenya), August 30, 2002

Attorney-General Amos Wako yesterday ordered the Police Commissioner to present to him a report of investigations into last March’s killing of 23 people in Nairobi’s Kariobangi North area.

He expressed concern at the long period the investigations have taken, saying if it is true that investigations are being carried out , he needed to be informed how far it has gone.

Wako said in the letter addressed to the police chief, Mr Philomen Abong’o, and copied to the Director of Criminal Investigations Department (CID), Mr Francis Sang, that six months had expired since the murders were committed without being informed about the extent of the investigations.

The A-G’s ultimatum to the Commissioner of Police was in response to a statutory notice of intention to sue the Government issued to him by city lawyer Ojwang’ Agina acting for families of 13 of the victims of the Kariobangi North massacre.

Agina said in his notice to the Attorney-General that the 13 deceased persons were murdered by members of the proscribed Mungiki sect on March 2.

He said the victims had since been buried and their relatives, friends and the entire country had been waiting for the outcome of police investigations.

The lawyer said six months after the massacre, the police had not informed the bereaved families or the country of their findings or about the status of the investigations, if there are any.

Agina demanded that Wako make public the result of police investigations into the massacre that took place at Kariobangi North, Kasarani Division in Nairobi.

He gave the A-G seven days within which to act, failing to which he would move to the High Court for judicial orders to compel him to make public the police investigation report.

The 23 victims were killed in a night of horror and terror perpetrated by people believed to belong to the Mungiki sect.

The orgy and blood bath in which people were indiscriminately hacked to death in bars, streets and even their houses, left Kariobangi North residents dazed and in shock.

The violence had also left 28 people in critical condition and were admitted in various hospitals in the city.

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