One person was shot dead on Thursday, August 5th, 2021 as Kianjokoma residents in Embu County protested the alleged death of two brothers Benson Njiru and Emmanuel Mutura in police custody. 

The victim was shot in the head and succumbed to the injuries on the spot as confrontations ensued between anti-riot police and residents of Kianjokoma in Embu town. 

Confirming the shooting incident, Embu acting county police commander Kimani Wamitugo urged protestors to avoid provoking the officers. 

"It is unfortunate we have lost one person. The situation is serious and we shall remove the body to the mortuary when the residents stop rioting and causing chaos,” Mr. Wamitugo told the press. 

Police who were dispersing protestors in Kianjokoma, Embu County. 

The two brothers, who were reportedly arrested on Sunday, August 1, 2021, for allegedly contravening curfew regulations were found dead on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. Their bodies were taken to Embu Level 5 Hospital morgue.

The family has pointed an accusing finger at the police, but the law enforcement agencies insist that they had no hand in the death of the boys.

News of the death of the two brothers elicited harsh reactions with locals lighting bonfires and barricading roads in protest.

The Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) on Thursday opened a probe into the deaths of two Embu brothers. 

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In a statement on Thursday, IPOA noted that it has deployed investigators to rapidly probe the matter and report their findings.

“IPOA has this morning deployed investigators from its Nairobi Headquarters to beef up their Meru Rapid Investigations counterparts who launched their investigations yesterday. This is intended to fast-track the investigations," part of the statement read.