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Twelve police officers implicated in the murder of baby Samantha Pendo will be charged with murder.

The 12 officers who were implicated in an inquest formed to investigate the death of baby Pendo who was shot dead during the disputed 2017 elections in Nyalenda slums, Kisumu County.

Ten of the officers  who appeared  before  justice  Daniel  Ogembo could  not take plea as their defense  counsel  raised  objection saying  they have filed a constitutional  petition  challenging  the offence  brought  against  their  clients.

The court was told that among the issues they have raised touched on the constitutionality and the jurisdiction of the court to hear the matter.

“The matter before has jurisdiction question and the conditional eligibility   of this court to hear the matter. We must interrogate to find amicable solution on the matter before you,” said one the defense lawyers.

They further submitted that the case brought under the international Crimes Act requires a special court to be appointed or a tribunal that can hear and determine the case.

The judge subsequently issued an order that the plea be suspended for a period  of seven days  to allow them litigate the petition  pending  before  the high court.

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He further directed each of the supects to sign a personal bond of Ksh. 200,000.

“The suspects be released on personal bail of Ksh 200,000 and to appear on 21st September for plea taking,” Justice Ogembo directed.

The suspects included former Nyanza  Region Police  commander Titus Yoma and co-suspects Titus Mutune, John Masha Benjamin  Koima, Benjamin Lorema, Volker Edambo, Cyprine Robi, Josphat  Sensira and James Rono.

The court also issued a summon against  Linah Koskey, Mohamed  Ali and Mohammed Baa who did not turn up  today  to appear  on 21st November 2022 for plea taking.

Speaking  after  the ruling, Edward  Mbanya the lawyer  representing  Baby Samantha  Pendo family  said there  is looming  injustice to the families  of the victims  if the application  to defer plea taking  by the suspects  or the anticipatory  bail is granted to the defense.

“We are aware there  is scheme  to delay the plea taking, the defense  team have also applied for anticipatory  bail, but let us hope  on 21st of November  the all the suspects will be presented to take the plea,” said  Mr. Mbanya.

By Rodgers Oduor

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