Two families in Thika, Kiambu County, are crying for justice after their sons were allegedly thrown into the raging waters of River Thika by police officers.
Nicholas and Kamau were reportedly fishing in the river alongside two other friends. They left the spot momentarily in search of fishing aids. Coincidentally, the families claim, the spot was adjacent to an area where illicit brewing of Chang’aa takes place.
“A few minutes later, they came back handcuffed and accompanied by the area chief and police officers,” Brian Mbithi, one of the friends, narrated to a local-language TV station. “They were told to hold hands so that we could not see the handcuffs.”
The families and eye-witnesses claim the chief and officers said the men were part of the illicit brewers.
“They beat them up and even hit one on the head using a stone then pushed him into the river,” Mbithi explained. One of the boys held on to a branch but accidentally slipped and fell into the swollen river.
The eyewitnesses allege that the officers left the scene shortly thereafter. The bodies are yet to be recovered.
Demand for Justice
“The same officers involved in this incident should come accord us the justice we deserve by retrieving the bodies, we are helpless. What offense warranted their pushing into the river and leaving them to die?” Patricia Mutava, Nicholas’ sister posed.
Gatanga sub-county Deputy OCPD Simon Mulu however disputes this account. He says the two men, aged between 20 and 25 years, were drunk and were attempting to flee from the officers when they fell into the river.
“The local officers were conducting a raid in the area on people selling and taking alcohol during the day, when they tried to arrest the two who ran and fell into the river,” Mulu said.