There is light at the end of the tunnel at the end of the tunnel for the family of Caleb Ospino Otieno who was attacked and killed by the police at the Changamwe police station in Mombasa county.
Justice might and must be served for the late Caleb,following an investigation by the independent policing oversight authority (IPOA) which has recommended that five police officers from the Changamwe station be charged with the murder.
This investigation was conducted in line with IPOA act section 25 (1) which demands an inquiry to be performed into any serious injury or death that occurs while in a police station.
Caleb was arrested by officers from the Changamwe police station on 18th September 2018 on the suspicion of being in possession of Changaa, he was later booked at the same station as “unknown”. Later that evening Caleb was taken out of the cells and escorted to the coast general hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.
Nelson Nkanae, James Koti, Joseph Odhiambo Sirawa,Edward Kongo Onchonga and Abdulahi Sigat will be arraigned on September 8 2021 at a high court in Nairobi, 3 years down the line,for the murder of Caleb Otieno.
The Office of Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) has already independently reviewed the file that was issued to them, by the investigating team of IPOA and they have agreed with IPOA ‘s recommendations to charge the five with murder charges.
The investigation also concluded that the late Otieno died of blunt force trauma. It is increasing becoming common for the public to suffer and complain at the hands of police officers who are charged by the constitution and the people of Kenya to protect them.
It is now up to the courts to ensure that justice must be served and it must be swift.