DPP Keriako Tobiko orders Kwale police to hand over file on slain schoolgirl

Saturday August 30 2014

Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko. FILE PHOTO | JENNIFER MUIRURI |

Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko. FILE PHOTO | JENNIFER MUIRURI |  NATION MEDIA GROUP

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Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has ordered Kwale police to hand over the file on the killing of 14-year-old schoolgirl Kwekwe Mwandaza to his office by noon Monday.

Through the Assistant Deputy Public Prosecutions Alexander Muteti, Mr Tobiko wants the County criminal investigation officer to avail the investigation file for review and directions.

“These materials should all be relevant in the matter regarding the investigations and any other matters relevant to the case,” he said.

The DPP further directed the investigation team to work with Alexander Jami (Principal Prosecution Counsel) and George Mungai (Prosecution Counsel). The two are expected to offer technical advice to the CID team.

“We want the matter to be meticulously dealt with by experts to ensure that all leads are followed for justice to be done,” he said.

“The DPP office has taken this matter with a lot of seriousness to ensure that the truth is known and should anyone be found responsible with the killings then the law will take its course,” Mr Muteti said.

Earlier, attempts by the family to report the matter to Samburu and Taru police stations were unsuccessful but the DPP intervened and they were allowed to record a statement at the Kinango Division Police Headquarters.

The statement was booked on the occurrence book number 9/29/8/14 on Friday, seven days after the murder of the Mavirivirini Primary School class four pupil.

Veteran lawyer John Khaminwa offered to represent the family for free.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (Ipoa) has also launched investigations into the shooting that has caused national outrage.

Inspector General David Kimaiyo’s comments over the incident sparked uproar when he said on Wednesday that initial investigation showed police fired in self-defence after the girl threatened them with a panga.

Separately, Muslim for Human Rights rapid response officer Francis Auma said the family was waiting for the outcome of the investigation before taking action.