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Man in critical condition after allegedly being shot by police for protesting father’s harassment

In Summary

  • According to MP Rigathi Gachagua, the young man was shot while he was protesting the harrasment of his father by police officers.
  • He is currently receiving treatment at Karatina District Hospital

Police in Gatung’ang’a area of Nyeri County are on the spot for allegedly shooting a man on Friday evening.

It is reported that police officers from Gatung’ang’a Police Post in Ruguru Ward, on a mission to enforce the country-wide dusk-to-dawn curfew in the township, ordered all business entities to close.

According to Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, the police gave out the order at 7 pm, way before the curfew time of 10 pm.

“The police descended on Gatung’ang’a Town at 7 p.m and ordered all businesses closed despite the fact that the curfew starts at 10 p.m. They went on a violent spree beating up everybody on site who could not give them a bribe,” MP Gachagua alleges.

The injured man was reportedly protesting the arrest and harassment of his father by the cops when the officers allegedly opened fire on him and left him for dead.

Fortunately, the man was rushed to Karatina District Hospital in critical condition where he is receiving treatment.

“I am calling for the prosecution of the responsible officers on Monday and an overhaul of the entire personnel from the post. I am calling on our President to suspend the curfew that has no useful purpose other than being used by police to extort money from our people,” adds the lawmaker.

IPOA launches probe

The Independent Policing and Oversight Authority (IPOA) has opened investigations into the incident.

Consequently, IPOA has dispatched a Rapid Response team to the area to obtain all information that may help in solving the case.

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