Additional five members of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations’ (DCI) Special Services Unit (SSU), which was abolished, have been placed under custody.
The five who were affiliated with the DCI headquarters were detained on Wednesday at the IAU offices in Nairobi’s Upper Hill neighborhood, according to a notification from the National Police Service’s Internal Affairs Unit (IAU) dated October 26.
They are Constables Stephen Luseno Matunda, Paul Njogu Muriithi, and Simon Muhunga Gikonyo, as well as Corporals Joseph Mwenda Mbaya and David Chepcheng Kipsoi.
The notice stated that “they are under investigation for the offenses of conspiracy to commit a felony contrary to Section 393 of the Penal Code and kidnapping contrary to Section 254 of the Penal Code.”
The police are being detained at the Industrial Area Police Station while they await their Thursday arraignment.
They were detained only four days after four other people were detained on suspicion of conspiring to conduct a crime and kidnapping.
After being questioned at the IAU offices on Friday, Chief Inspector Peter Muthee, Corporals Joseph Mbugua, Francis Ndonye, and John Kamau were all taken into custody.
On October 16, the DCI issued a statement announcing the closure of SSU, attributing the decision to a directive from acting Inspector General of Police Noor Gabow.
Later in the day, as part of his strategy to address extrajudicial executions in the nation, President Ruto declared that he had ordered the dissolution of the special squad.
The Head of State claimed that rather than defending common Kenyans, the police unit had turned into a killing machine.