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Police officers explains what happened the night six months old Baby Pendo was clobbered to death

11th June, 2018

Former Kisumu County commander  Titus Yoma, and Kisumu central police station OCPD  Christopher Mutune are among the police officers who will be testifying at the magistrate's court in Kisumu in the ongoing inquest into the death of baby Samantha Pendo. The six month old Pendo succumbed to injuries allegedly from police brutality meted on her at their one room house in Nyalenda slum in august last year, following  the opposition post poll Protests.

The court had to adjourn three times to allow Lenser Achieng, Pendo’s mother, to compose herself and testify, even as she battled emotions from the memory of the event. Wiping tears, sobbing and changing standing positions was the order, her face full of anger as she told the court how ‘results of democracy snatched her baby.’

Baby Pendo died on August 15, at Aga Khan Hospital in Kisumu, three days after she was allegedly attacked by anti-riot police in their Nyalenda house following skirmishes which followed declaration of President Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the August 8, presidential election.

After Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) failed to place a finger at her killers, the office of the Director of Public Prosecution in November directed for a public inquest to help trace the perpetrators of the heinous act. And yesterday, Achieng was the first witness to take to the stand, out of the 21 witnesses set to testify in the inquest.

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