Baby pendo inquest set to begin on Monday next week

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BY CORRESPONDENT,KISUMU,16TH FEB 2018-A public inquiry into how six-month-old Samantha Pendo met her death  in August last year will begin on Monday next week in a Kisumu court.

Resident Magistrate Beryl Omollo set the February 19 date noting that the matter must be expedited because of the immense public outcry that it elicits.

Baby Pendo died in hospital after she was allegedly hit on the head by police officers who were on duty quelling protests by Nasa supporters in Kisumu following the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the presidential election.

Several key witnesses are reday to give their testimony in the sad affair.Among them is an activist and Kisumu City Residents Voice Chairman Audi Ogada is among those who will give their testimony in the case after the court accepted his request to be enjoined in the case to represent the interest of Kisumu residents in the matter.

But he will appear as a witness and not an interested party as he had requested the court.

While directing him to appear as a witness, Hon Omollo said: “This is just an inquiry so the best thing you can do is to record your statement, should we find that it is critical to the case then we will call you and treat you as one of the witnesses.”

The  representative of the  office of the Director of Public Prosecutions Prosecutor Nyakundi Mokaya, he has lined up 21 witnesses who are ready to testify in the inquiry.

They include the deceased parents Joseph Abanja and Lencer Achieng, Dr Dixon Mchana who conducted the postmortem, several police officers among others.

The murder of baby pendo elicited condemnations across the country and beyond with calls to bring to book the killers.

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