Six Police Officers Charged With Murder of Kianjokoma Brothers to Know Bail Status Tomorrow
Six police officers accused of killing the two Kianjokoma brothers in Embu County will have their bail application matter heard tomorrow.
The six Benson Mbuthia, Consolata Kariuki , Nicholus Cheruiyot ,Martin Wanyama ,Lilian Cherono and James Manikiwere were charged with murder of Benson Ndwiga and Emmanuel Ndwiga.
Justice Daniel Ogembo directed both parties to serve each other relevant documents and the matter to be heard tomorrow at 10.30 after parties failed to agree on common grounds including how to serve parties involved the court documents.
Accused persons’ lead counsel Danstan Omari at some point raised issue with whom to serve at Law Society Of Kenya saying he did not know whether to serve LSK President Nelson Havi or LSK chief executive officer Mercy Wambua.
“The matter did not proceed reason being that several civil society groups wanted to be served with the application of bail. We had served the Law Society of Kenya but the whole country knows it is not clear who heads the Law Society of Kenya and we are told the court to that effect that we need know with certainty who is law society of Kenya,” said Omari.
Omari further accused the civil society groups enjoining the case for derailing the process so as to get funding from foreign donors at the expense of the six remanded officers
‘‘This story has been turned into a financial game by civil society and we will object to that we have objected to them being allowed but we were ordered to serve today and we have already served them online we shall be tomorrow at 10:30 ready to put to the public and the country that there are no compelling reason to deny the six accused people their right to bail,’’ he said.
Lawyer Shadrack Wambui representing third accused urged court to protect the rights of accused persons as enshrined in Article 50  in the constitution.
“Particularly on the definition of who the court should deal a victim so that my Lord moving forward issues of service non service might not even arise. The victim protection act which is a creation of article 50 sub article 9 defines a victim as a natural person who is either directly affected by a crime or who is affected by alleged crime,” said Wambui.
Meanwhile two of the accused persons Consolata Kariuki, Lilian Cherono attended the court proceedings today while Martin Wanyama, Nicholus Sang, James Mwaniki and Benson Mputhia attended virtually because they are still in quarantine.
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