13 officers attached to the disbanded Special Services Unit (SSU), one officer from the National Intelligence Service (NIS), and one from the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) were on Tuesday charged with the abduction of two Indian nationals and a Kenyan in July 2022.
In a statement, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Renson Ingonga claimed the 15 plotted the abduction of Mohammed Zaid Sami, Zulfiqar Ahmed Khan, and Nicodemus Mwania Mwange.
The accused officers were Peter Muthee, IP James Kibosek, Cpl Joseph Kamau, Cpl David Chepchieng, Cpl Joseph Mwenda, Cpl John Mwangi, Hillary Limo, Pe Stephen Luseno, Pe Simon Muhuga, Pc Paul Njogu, Pe/Drv Boniface Otieno, Pe Elikana Njeru, Pe Fredrick Thuku, John Wanjiku and Michael Kiplangat.
The two foreigners were linked to the presidential campaign of President William Ruto. Mwania was their taxi driver when the incident occurred.
Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Renson Ingonga launching the Mukuru Community Social Justice Centre in Nairobi on October 14, 2023.
Following the investigations against the officers in the case, the DPP linked them to the disappearance of the foreigners and their driver.
Some of the charges against the suspects include abduction with intent to murder, conspiracy to commit a felony, and subjecting the victims to cruel inhumane, and degrading treatment.
They were also charged with forgery of official documents among other offenses.
According to documents from the Kahawa Law Courts, the officers who were on motorbikes and a few vehicles trailed the victims, intercepted their cars, and abducted them.
DPP Ingonga asked the court to deny the accused bail owing to the seriousness of the matter. They will be detained at the Kiambu GK Prison pending the ruling on bond set for November 3 at Kahawa Law Court.
“DPP sought to have the accused persons detained pending the hearing of the cases due to the extreme seriousness of enforced disappearances which constitutes an international crime, a violation of human rights amounting to a crime against humanity,” read part of the statement.
The two foreigners have been missing for over one year with family members appealing to the government and security bodies to intervene.
Zaid’s wife wrote to the Indian High Commission in Nairobi stating that her husband came into the country for tourism and revealed that he last went to a bar at 10.45 pm never to be seen again.
Digital strategist Dennis Itumbi also revealed details of the two foreigners and explained that they were helping in the campaign.
“I met both of them a number of times in Nairobi. I knew where they used to stay. They were not employed by the campaign but they gave us some ideas some of which we used,” he stated.
Digital strategist Dennis Itumbi who was appointed as ICT CAS in March 2023