The family held a memorial service at their residence yesterday ; one year after the passing of two brothers; Benson Njiru and Emmanuel Mutura in the Kianjokoma region of Embu county.
Families of the two accused police brutality victims; who are still processing their losses hold out hope that justice will be done.
On August 1, 2021, officers from the Manyatta Police Station allegedly killed Njiru; 22 and Mutura; 19 after they were taken into custody in the Kianjokoma retail centre.
They allegedly disobeyed the curfew; which was put in place to stop the spread of COVID-19; which was from 10 pm to 4 am.
The bodies of the boys were discovered at the Embu Level 5 Hospital mortuary on Tuesday August 3rd therefore bringing an end to the search for the missing siblings.
The guys were caught on Sunday night and according to the deceased's relatives, they were found dead at the Kibungu shopping mall; 10 kilometres away.
Felix Kamunyoti; an uncle of the two brothers expressed their hope that the murderers of his nephews would be apprehended during his remarks at Monday's burial service.
Independent Medical-Legal Unit (IMLU); a human rights organization that was also present during the service, demanded that the case proceed quickly and expressed confidence in the prosecution.
According to IMLU Executive Director Peter Kiama, the family and them are still expecting that justice will be served and we have joined them to press forward the cry for justice.
In addition, he said that they have lawyers who are following the case and they are confident that the evidence they have and the pathologists' reports will make a compelling case and that eventually the entire police department will see significant adjustments.
Since then, six police officers have been charged with the killings. In front of Judge Daniel Ogembo, the six defendants namely Benson Mbuthia, Consolota Kariuki, Nicholas Cheruiyot, Martin Wanyama, Lilian Cherono and James Mwaniki pleaded not guilty to the two counts of murder.
On September 21 and 23, a number of witnesses including experts, are scheduled to testify as the case moves forward.
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