Police officers accused of aiding Masten Wanjala’s escape from custody charged

(R-L)Inspector Philip Mbithi, Constable Kamakia Boniface and Precious Mwende before a Nairobi court where they denied aiding Wanjala to escape. Photo/courtesy

Three police officers from Jogoo Road police station alleged to have aided self-proclaimed child serial killer Masten Wanjala to escape from custody have been charged.

Inspector Philip Mbithi, Constable Kamakia Boniface and Precious Mwende are accused that on the night of 12 and 13 October 2021 at Jogoo Road police station, jointly aided Wanjala to escape from lawful custody.

The officer are also charged with willfully neglecting to prevent Wanjala, a murder suspect, from escaping, as required by National Police Service Act. 

The accused persons denied the charges before Senior Principal Magistrate Benard Ochoi and were released on a bond of Sh 300,000 with alternative cash bail of Sh 150,000 each. They are also required to provide one one contact person.

The officers were arrested on 13th October after news of Wanjala’s disappearance made headlines. 

A day after the news made headlines, Wanjala was spotted in his village in Bungoma county and was killed by members of the public.