Police officers on the spot over the death of two brothers arrested for flouting Covid-19 rules

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A family in Embu 25 kilometres northeast of Nairobi is mourning following the mysterious deaths of its two members arrested for breaking Covid-19 rules.

Benson Njiru, 22, and Emmanuel Mutura, 19, were arrested on Sunday night in Kianjokoma for being out during curfew hours which begin at 10 pm and end at 4 am.

On Monday, the boys’ father, John Ndwiga Kamunyuti, went to Manyatta Police Post accompanied by their uncle Andrew Gichohi to check whether they were being held there. Shockingly, the police told them they did not have their names on the occurrence book.

The two later headed to Embu Level 5 Hospital morgue after receiving a tip-off, where they found the bodies of the two brothers lying. They have accused police officers of murdering their sons and demanded justice.

However, the police have denied killing the two brothers. Embu East police boss Emily Ngaruiya claimed the duo died after they jumped from a moving police vehicle.

Ms Ngaruiya stated that the brothers, alongside nine others, were bundled into a police vehicle after they were arrested. The deceased jumped out of the vehicle without the knowledge of the officers.

According to the police boss, when the officers arrived at Manyatta, they realized that the two were missing and went back to look for them.

She said the officers found them lying on the roadside with serious head injuries and took them to the Embu Level Five Hospital for treatment, where they were pronounced dead on arrival.

She assured the boys’ parents that investigations had been launched to establish what transpired.

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