A number of residents drawn from various organisations today staged demonstrations to protest the arraignment of Pangani police officer Ahmed Rashid.
The residents drawn from Eastleigh Business Community members, ,the Kenya University Student Organisation( KUSO) and Muslims fraternity jointly thronged the Milimani Law Courts to protest the intended criminal charge against Rashid.
They urged the DPP to recall the file and make a review of his decision to charge Rashid.
They praised the officer for his good performance in keeping criminal at bay in Mathare,Eastleigh and Mlango Kubwa areas.
“Rashid helped us,we could not go to mosque, the businesses were affected and it took the intervention of the police, without Rashid the criminals would have taken over the our premises residents,” said one of the Eastleigh residents.
Meanwhile, Rashid has filed a Petition challenging the decision of the Director of Public Prosecution to prefer murder charges against him.
Officer has already been summoned to appear in court on 8th December 2022 for the purpose of taking plea.
His lawyers Danstan Omari, Shadrack Wambui and Cliff Ombeta have questioned the manner in which their client has been handled saying that their client has not recorded a statement over the murder of the two boys which allegedly occurred in Eastleigh in 2017.
The lawyers argued that video tape in which the prosecution intends to rely on has not met the threshold set out in the constitution
“The source of the video has not been authenticated, and we are aware of the standards of proof under the evidence, the source must be ascertained before the conclusion is made,” Cliff Ombeta said.
The maker of the video is not known and has not recorded a statement as provided under the criminal law.
They also want the high court to issue a stay of the execution of the summon to allow proper investigations to be conducted.
“We want the expeditious investigations to be conducted before the charge are preferred. We don’t want a situation when a charged man is rushed and dismissed for lack of sufficient evidence,” Omari said.