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Ruto: No more extra-judicial killings

President William Ruto has stressed that the era of extra-judicial killings in the country is over.

The Head of State spoke on Monday after a meeting with the Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) leadership at the State House, Nairobi.

President Ruto asked the authority to furnish the Ministry of Interior and Coordination with a clear roadmap on how to deal conclusively with the vice.

“You are uniquely qualified to help us define a mechanism to stop this practice,” President Ruto said.

The meeting comes amid an investigation into the reported forceful disappearance and extra-judicial killings of innocent Kenyans during the former regime of president Uhuru Kenyatta.

President Ruto has since ordered the disbandment of the Special Services Unit (SSU), a unit of the Directorate of Investigations (DCI) for its reported role in the extra-judicial killings.

So far, nine police officers attached to the disbanded SSU have been arrested in connection with the vice and arraigned in court.

Kahawa Court Chief Magistrate Diana Mochache last week allowed an application by the suspects to reject a request by the state seeking to detain them for 30 days to allow conclusive investigations.

The officers are being questioned over the disappearance of a Kenyan national namely Nicodemus Mwania Mwange, and two Indian nationals Mohamed Zaid Sami, and Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan.

The nine officers are Peter Muthee Gachiku, Francis Muendo Ndonye, John Mwangi Kamau, Joseph Kamau Mbugua, John Mwendwa Mbaya, David Chepcheng Kipsoi, Stephen Luseno Matunda, Paul Njogu Muriithi, and Simon Gikonyo.

IPOA recently condemned the tragic death of Pakistan journalist Arshad Sharif in Magadi.

Police say they shot at him but have described the incident as a mistaken identity.

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