Police unleash terror in homestead of slain university student

The mother of the Kibabii university student who was shot at Namanjalala in Kwanza Sub County shows area MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi the spot where the incident occurred. Photo/Aspect News

Seven youths were beaten and arrested after police officers revisited the homestead of a slain university student who was shot dead on Friday morning at Namanjalala village during an illicit brew raid.

The deceased Sebastian Simiyu who was a second year student at Kibabii University died after he was shot with several bullets by the uniformed officers during the early morning raid.

Enraged officers from Maili Saba police station stormed the compound after residents held protests, forcing the seven to lie down after which they were mercilessly caned and later arrested.

“My daughter who has a one week old baby was also beaten up. Among those arrested is my 13 year old boy who is in class seven,” the mother to the deceased Jackline Namalwa said.

Mrs. Namalwa said they were surprised to learn that the seven have been slapped with charges of assaulting officers, incitement and intercepting arrests. They are expected to appear in court on Monday.

The family said the arrest is part of an intimidation strategy the officers have been employing to silence their efforts to seek justice for their deceased son who was unarmed.

Area MP Ferdinand Wanyonyi who visited the homestead called on the inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai to ensure the rogue officers are brought to book since they have become inhumane.

“Enough is enough. Cases of police brutality have been on the rise yet no action has taken place despite inquiries by the police oversight authority and several petitions,” said Mr. Wanyonyi.

Kapomboi ward MCA Ben Mlipuko said the conduct of police officers in the region has become unbecoming owing to their waywardness that has seen residents brutalized from time to time.

“The county commissioner should tell us why no action has been taken on police officers in Kwanza who have become agents of brutality while discharging their duties,” said Mr. Mlipuko.

In another case, Mr. Valentine Ingasia was clobbered by the Police at Cenetr Kwanza at a local joint where he had gone in search of a guy who operates his Boda Boda motorbike.