Kibicho, Marjan ordered to pay kin of slain IEBC officer

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A court has directed Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho and Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) CEO Marjan Hussein to process Sh8 million compensation to the family of a returning officer who was killed by a police officer.

Justice Kanyi Kimondo said the money is in reference to the award made by a magistrate court in Murang’a in a decree dated April 26, 2018.

The family of Waithanji Mwaniki moved to court seeking compensation following his mysterious death outside a polling station in Kangema, Murang’a County during 2013 General Elections.

Mr Mwaniki was employed by IEBC as a Returning Officer.

On March 4, 2013, he was transporting ballot boxes from Kiruri Polling Station to the Kangema tallying centre when he was shot dead by an Administration Police Officer guarding the vehicle.

The court awarded the family a principal sum of Sh8.4 million to be shared equally between two of Mr Mwaniki’s representatives named as Benedditte Njeri and John Mwitumi.

After adding interest and costs, the electoral commission and the Ministry of Interior were each required to pay Sh4.4 million.