IPOA begins investigations after minor died in Makueni police custody

The Independent Policing and Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched an investigation following the tragic death of an 18-month-old baby who was held in police custody at Kambu Police Station in Makueni County. The infant was detained along with his mother.

In an official statement, IPOA confirmed that they have initiated a thorough inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the child’s death.

 Several witnesses have already been interviewed, and the crime scene has been visited as part of the ongoing investigation.

IPOA emphasized that should the investigation uncover any evidence of culpability, they will recommend prosecution.

“The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) is established through Cap. 86 of the Laws of Kenya to provide for civilian police oversight. On Friday 31, May 2024, and pursuant to Sections 6(a) of Cap.86 of the Laws of Kenya, IPOA on its own motion launched investigations into the death of a minor at the Kambu Police Station in Makueni County, where his mother, Zipporah Mutheu had been detained, “read the statement in part.

“IPOA officers have also visited the scene and have so far interviewed several witnesses. Upon completion of investigations and where criminal culpability is proven, IPOA will recommend prosecution,” The statement went on.

Zipporah Mutheu was locked up with her kid after a neighbor reported her for failing to pay a debt. She was allegedly beaten together with her kid.

At the cold cells, the baby became sick and her cries to have the baby get medication fell on deaf ears. 

Makueni senator Daniel Maanzo and Makueni county assembly Speaker Douglas Mbilu have called for the prosecution of the officers who locked up the baby with her mother.

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