The police department in Maili 46 town, Kajiado County, is under scrutiny from human rights activists after a suspect mysteriously died in their custody.
The police and eyewitnesses are giving contradicting accounts of what happened before and after Mathias Mbatha Nzimbi, 39, was arrested on April 5, and only for his body to be found at Kajiado referral hospital mortuary later.
Eyewitnesses in Maili 46 town led by Pastor Noah Matina told Kajiado News Update Online over the phone on Sunday Nzimbi was arrested by unidentified police from a bar in the town while he was in the company of another police officer.
Matina said Nzimbi, who was suspected to be in possession of a stolen gas cylinder and a music system, accompanied the officer to the police station after collecting the said items he told the police he bought from another person.
He said he was shocked to learn that Nzimi, a well-known mason in the town had died in the hands of the police.
“He was not violent in any way because he admitted to the officer to having the said stolen property, and even had the courtesy of leading the officer to his house to recover the items,” claimed Matina.
But Kajiado Central Sub-County deputy commander, Josephat Kiarie, on Sunday denied the suspect died at Maili 46 police station as alleged.
“It is true our officers arrested the deceased on Friday but while he was being escorted to record a statement regarding the alleged stolen property, he developed some health complication. My officers rushed him to Elang’ata Wuas health centre where he was pronounced dead on arrival,” said Kiarie.
The police boss said the body was later moved to the county referral hospital where a postmortem was carried out but could not share what the pathologist said was the cause of death.
On Saturday, youth in Maili 46 town demonstrated against the police and demanded justice to prevail and those allegedly linked to the murder of Mzimbi be brought to book.