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Senior officer charged with disobeying IPOA

A senior police officer has been charged with failing to honour summons by the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA).

Pangani OCS Bonface Musyoka is said to have refused to appear before the body on October 16, 2013 despite being issued with a formal notice.

Mr Musyoka, who appeared before Nairobi senior principal magistrate Lucy Mbugua, denied the charge and was released on a Sh100, 000 personal bond.

The court directed the case to be heard on May 14.

The IPOA summons required Mr Musyoka to surrender a bullet head in his possession and which was required for investigation.

The bullet was a vital evidence in the inquiry on the death of Ms Peris Waithera Mwangi, a young mother who was killed while breastfeeding her six-month-old baby in the city’s Mathare slum on July 15, 2013 .

Policemen had raided an area called Nigeria Village that is notorious for drug trafficking to flush out and arrest suspected dealers.

Ms Waithera was inside her house when police fired live bullets to scare away rowdy youths who were pelting them with stones. One of the bullets tore through the iron sheet walls of her house, killing her instantly.