Five Kenyan police personnel involved in Arshad Sharif murder return to duty

‘There was no inquiry/punishment due to lack of diplomatic pressure on Kenyan government’, says slain journalist’s wife

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Five Kenyan police personnel involved in the murder of senior journalist Arshad Sharif have been reinstated without accountability while two have been promoted.

According to details, the five Kenyan police personnel involved in the murder of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif have returned to duty after being reinstated.

Slain journalist’s wife stated on her X’s account that there was no inquiry or punishment due to lack of diplomatic pressure on Kenyan government.

Javeria stated, “The 5 policemen who shot dead Arshad Sharif have been promoted and sent back to work by the Kenyan government. No inquiry, no punishment because the PDM government did not put any diplomatic pressure on the Kenyan government and did not fight for justice for its citizens.”

Kenyan journalist Niaboga Kiyaggi said the five policemen had been declared innocent in the inquiry and nine months later, five policemen involved in the murder of Arshad Sharif were not only enjoying privileges but two of them had also been promoted.

Kenya’s Independent Policing Oversight Authority has not been able to reveal the cause of the murder even after nine months, while the authority’s spokesman could not answer questions about the reinstatement of police personnel and the length of the investigation.

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority said the details would be disclosed once the investigation is completed.

On the other hand, canon sources say that the National Police Service was slow in investigating the murder of Arshad Sharif because his members were involved in it.

Martin, a member of Kenya’s Human Rights Commission, said the delay showed the National Police Service was not interested in investigating the case.

On October 23, 2022, Arshad Sharif was shot in the head by police on the Magadi Highway in Nairobi, Kenya.