Detectives have taken samples from a vehicle believed to have been used in the abduction of the daughter of Githongo law court senior resident magistrate Caroline Kemei.
Maribel Kapolon, 9, went missing on September 6. She was murdered and her body dumped in a forest.
On Friday, nine officers from the homicide department and Nairobi DCI checked the car at Meru town police station.
No one was allowed near the scene during the exercise. Suspect Benson Marangu, a former prison warder, was also with the officers. He was later escorted by one plainclothes officer to cells at the station.
Marangu is believed to be the owner of the car. Maribel’s body was found in Gitoro Forest. She was a Standard 4 pupil at Consolata Primary School.
She was kidnapped along Total Road in Meru, near the county commander’s office and adjacent to the county commissioner’s residence.
North Imenti police boss Peter Kimani said the samples collected by the detectives will be taken to government chemist for analysis.
He said they would not disclose all information as that would undermine investigations.
“We have DCI officers from the headquarters working round the clock to ensure the matter has been pursued to its conclusion and all culprits apprehended. This is a sensitive matter and everyone is following it to know the end result,” Kimani said.
On Thursday, priests, pupils and teachers, legal officers, judges, judicial staff and magistrates attended Kaplon’s funeral service at Meru Cathedral. They called for quick investigations and punishment for all those involved.
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Meru judge Alfred Mabeya said such acts will not deter judges and magistrates from performing their duties. He described Maribel as a God-fearing and committed child whose death is hard to accept.
“When one of us is hurt, we are all pained. Let it be known that no amount of intimidation, threat and terrorist acts will stop us from performing our oath of office,” Mabeya said.
Meanwhile, detectives and a pathologist left journalists at the Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital mortuary without any communication.
It was alleged the family wanted postmortem results kept private. Guards and a supervisor requested journalists to step out for them to lock the gates after the two vehicles belonging to detectives and one from the family left.
Kimani pledged to brief the public once the sample results were out.
“A postmortem was conducted yesterday [Thursday] and samples taken to the government chemist for analysis. We shall communicate to you whatever the results. We are other clues to help unravel the motive and subsequent kidnapping and killing of the magistrate’s daughter,” he said.
Benson Marangu and another suspect Francis Otundo will remain in police custody after a Meru court ordered that they be detained for 10 days so the officers can complete investigations.
Chief magistrate Hannah Ndung’u said, “Due to the nature, complexity and public interest of this matter and in light of the submission by the state, I grant the DCI 10 days to complete investigations.”
Harrison Kiarie represented the Director of Public Prosecutions, Eliud Mutuma defended the suspects.
Public officers above 58 years and with pre-existing conditions told to work from home: The Standard
In a document from Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua new measure have been outlined to curb the bulging spread of covid-19. Public officers with underlying health conditions and those who are over 58 years -a group that experts have classified as most vulnerable to the virus will be required to execute their duties from home.
“All State and public officers with pre-existing medical conditions and/or aged 58 years and above serving in CSG5 (job group ‘S’) and below or their equivalents should forthwith work from home,” read the document,” read the document.
To ensure that those working from home deliver, the Public Service directs that there be clear assignments and targets tasked for the period designated and a clear reporting line to monitor and review work done.
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Others measures outlined in the document include the provision of personal protective equipment to staff, provision of sanitizers and access to washing facilities fitted with soap and water, temperature checks for all staff and clients entering public offices regular fumigation of office premises and vehicles and minimizing of visitors except by prior appointments.
Officers who contract the virus and come back to work after quarantine or isolation period will be required to follow specific directives such as obtaining clearance from the isolation facility certified by the designated persons indicating that the public officer is free and safe from Covid-19. The officer will also be required to stay away from duty station for a period of seven days after the date of medical certification.
“The period a public officer spends in quarantine or isolation due to Covid-19, shall be treated as sick leave and shall be subject to the Provisions of the Human Resource Policy and procedures Manual for the Public Service(May,2016),” read the document.
The service has also made discrimination and stigmatization an offence and has guaranteed those affected with the virus to receive adequate access to mental health and psychosocial supported offered by the government.
The new directives targeting the Public Services come at a time when Kenyans have increasingly shown lack of strict observance of the issued guidelines even as the number of positive Covid-19 cases skyrocket to 13,771 and leaving 238 dead as of today.
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Principal Secretaries/ Accounting Officers will be personally responsible for effective enforcement and compliance of the current guidelines and any future directives issued to mitigate the spread of Covid-19.
Uhuru convenes summit to review rising Covid-19 cases: The Standard
The session will among other things review the efficacy of the containment measures in place and review the impact of the phased easing of the restrictions, State House said in a statement.
This story is being updated.
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