Following the mysterious disappearance and murder of at least 10 street children in Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu County, the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) is investigating three police officers suspected of committing the murders.
Human rights groups have termed this as extra-judicial killings saying they have so far documented five street children’s deaths in three months.
However they said, many others could have been murdered and are undocumented by children’s department or any other government agency.
“IPOA dispatched its rapid investigations team to commence investigations. Investigations are thus ongoing. On conclusion, IPOA will make recommendations to address the matter either through the criminal justice system or through internal disciplinary mechanisms,” said Mrs Anne Makori, the body’s chairperson, in a notice by Denis Oketch, head of communication.The probe after a street child Keith Moses was allegedly killed by police on February 27 .
Human Rights groups had written to IPOA demanding action against the police officers from Eldoret police station that they said were behind the harassment and disappearance of the street children.
Human rights activist Kimutai Kirui said that many street children have disappeared and were discovered later murdered.
He revealed that that a post-mortem report indicated that Moses had three broken ribs and oesophagus damaged and that he died as a result of ‘excessive pressure on the throat’.