KNA A Kiambu Court has granted orders to officers from the Trans National Police Unit to hold a man and two women on suspicion of human trafficking for five days at Muthaiga and Juja Police Stations respectively to enable them to complete their investigations.
Kiambu Senior Resident Magistrate, Mr. Wilson Rading, allowed the application through a miscellaneous application NO. E 326/2021, following the request by the investigators.
Inspector Gladys Mbula and Police Constable, Wilfred Karimi, from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) Headquarters, attached to Transnational Organized Crime Unit, told the virtual court, yesterday, that they needed to detain the people believed to be Ethiopians for ample time to enable them complete their investigations.
The duo told the Court that during the investigations, they intended to detain David Mutwiri Mutahamia at Muthaiga police station while Elsie Kendi Mutwiri and Maureen Karwitha would be detained at Juja police station in Kiambu County.
In the affidavit presented before the Court, the investigators said they were investigating a case of trafficking in persons contrary to section 3(1) (d) as read with 3(5) of the counter trafficking in persons ACT no.8 of 2010.
It was reported by members of the public to the Officer Commanding Station (OCS), Theta Police Station that there were suspicious persons who had been spotted, escaping through the perimeter fence of one residential house of the 1st respondent located at Matangi Karura Estate.
That Officer acted swiftly and managed to arrest six men suspected to be Ethiopian Nationals. After interviewing them, it led the officers to the mentioned house where it was found that there were other 106 holed up in the said house, making a total of 112.
In the said house, the two women who are suspected to have been trafficking the foreigners were found during which the foreigners were rescued. The DCI-Transnational Police Unit officers were called in to take up the matter.
Upon investigations, it was established that the house in question had been rented by the first accused who was traced and apprehended on 12th July at Gwakairo area in Ruiru of Kiambu County. At the time of arrest, the Court heard that Mobile phones, a motor vehicle Reg. No KCP 336B, two Ethiopian passports and 13 Ethiopian identity cards were recovered.
The investigators in their affidavit said they needed to verify the ownership of the motor vehicle and also conduct an identification parade on the respondents for purposes of using them as witnesses.
For the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution (ODPP), Senior State Counsel, Christine Mbevi, supported the prayer by the officers, saying they should be accorded the five days to enable the officers source for an interpreter who could aid in communicating with the foreigners as they could not speak or understand English or Kiswahili languages.
During the five days, they will be held at Juja, Gatundu, Thika, Kiambu, and Ruiru Police Stations. The case will be mentioned on 23rd July 2021. In line with the MoH protocols, the foreigners cannot be accommodated at one police station and therefore the need to use the five police stations for safe custody