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Police officers found guilty of killing teenage schoolgirl

A court in Mombasa has found two police officers guilty of the murder of a 14-year-old schoolgirl.

Inspector Veronicah Gitahi and Police Constable Issa Mzee were found guilty of killing Kwekwe Mwandaza in Kwale County.

The girl was shot dead at 2am on August 21, 2014, during an incident in which eight police officers stormed her family’s home at Mwawewu village in Kinango.

The defence had maintained that the defendants acted in self defense when they came under attack after they stormed a house in Kinango where Mwandaza was asleep.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko had directed the two be charged with killing the schoolgirl in Kwale County.

Mr Tobiko gave the orders following separate investigations conducted by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations and the Independent Policing Oversight Authority.

The police had raided the home with the aim of arresting her uncle, George Zani.