A Kenyan Police Officer has been charged for murdering a 23-year old Carilton Maina , a former Leeds University student who was shot dead in December 2018. He appeared before a Nairobi court.
The charging of police constable Emmanuel Ambunya Oyombe marks a significant milestone in the Kenyan government’s commitment to tackling its issue with questionable police shootings, and to speeding up its justice process in bringing those accused to trial.
The Milimani high court hearing on Thursday was held outdoors, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, the first time this has happened in Kenya since the 1950s state of emergency.
The police officer pleaded not guilty to murder.
The arrest happened last week, according to an announcement made on social media by Kenya’s director of criminal investigations.
The director said the officer would be charged with the murder of Maina, who “succumbed to gunshot wounds inflicted on him by the said officer”.