In Summary
  • Kajiado Senior Superintendent, Mr Christopher Mutune, who was then Kisumu Central OCPD, told the inquest that he could not tell which officers conducted the raid in Nyalenda.
  • But Mr Yoma denied the claim and accused Mr Mutune of lying to the court.

Two senior police officers have contradicted each other on who was in charge of security operations in Kisumu at the time baby Samantha Pendo was killed.

This emerged at a public inquest at the Kisumu High Court where the two officers, who have since been transferred to other stations, engaged in a blame game when asked who exactly supervised the operation at the Nyalenda slum.

Kajiado Senior Superintendent, Mr Christopher Mutune, who was then Kisumu Central OCPD, told the inquest that he could not tell which officers conducted the raid in the slum that night since a joint force which patrolled the entire county was under the command of Mr Titus Yoma, who was then Kisumu County Commander (now the North Eastern regional police boss).

He said an operation order named Post-Election Mipango which has names of 17 officers said to have taken part in the operation did not take effect because Mr Yoma issued fresh orders that all police officers retreat and only provide security to vital installations.

LYING TO THE COURT

But Mr Yoma denied the claim and accused Mr Mutune of lying to the court.

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