Lawyer Juma Kiplenge,lawyer Samuel Tororei and Judith Chemorei wife of slain police officer Erastus Chemorei at Milimani law courts registry when they where they filed a petition seeking compensation.
BY SAM ALFAN.
The family of the late Erastus Chemorei and the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has sued the government for brutal murder of former police officer (Chemorei) who was killed in Kitale on 19 February 2005.
The petition filed at the high court the family accuses the government for not taking action against the officers who killed the deceased.
They claim that a group of about 50 police officers stormed at the deceased’s home in Kitale allegedly to recover firearm and ammunitions said to have been in possession of Chemorei
The petitioners through their lawyer Juma Kiplenge, says that the force used by the police officer against the deceased was excessive, disproportionate to the achievement of any legal objective and was unreasonable.
The lawyer says that the family will be asking the court to award them damages for the violation of the rights of deceased who by time of his death was superintendent of police based at Embakasi training college.
The petitioners argue that the deceased was unarmed and presented absolutely no threat to the lives of officers who were heavily armed.
When the news of the killing of Erastus Kirui Chemorei hit the headlines six years ago, the country was made to believe he was in the police most wanted list.
The police went to great lengths feeding the public with propaganda that he had been the architect of robberies and killings in Kitale. Chemorei was a senior General Service Unit officer.
What the public was not told is that at the time of his killing, Chemorei was keeping custody of the key to the store where the Sh6.4-billion cocaine haul that was seized by police in a private villa in Malindi was kept. This fact was known in top security circles.
In an investigation by KTN, Chemorei came into the limelight when together with then GSU commandant Lawrence Mwadime and Assistant commandant and current Police Commissioner, Mathew Iteere, were mandated to keep safe custody of the cocaine the biggest ever netted locally.
According to sources, Chemorei who was an adjutant at the GSU Training School, Ruaraka, was picked because he was seen as honest, secretive, and trustworthy.
These attributes would lead to his brutal murder at the hands of those who had theirs firmly fixed on the haul. Witness account As soon as Chemorei took up the new duty he became a hunted man.
He found himself being given compulsory leave from time to time. According to documents, the officer was told to proceed on leave in December 10, 2004, February 1, 2005, February 8, and February 17.
His family members and other people close to him at his Kitalale home said Chemorei was a disturbed man. “We did not know what was going on.
He said some people were after him but swore not to co-operate with them,” said Dorothy Cherop, a neighbor and family friend.
This fear was confirmed when on February 19, 70 police officers led by then area DCIO, Julius Sunkuli, OCPD Augustine Kimantheria, and DC Christopher Musumbu surrounded his house.
According to witnesses, who The Standard On Sunday tracked down and talked to, the events that followed the arrival of the police at Chemoreiâ’s homestead could easily have been taken from a page torn off the script of a Hollywood blockbuster.
The petition will be placed before vacation judge for directions as to the hearing and determination of the claim as documented by the family.