15-year-old girl allegedly shot dead by police during post poll chaos, county police boss speaks out

NANCY JEPCHUMBA [PHOTO | COURTESY]

The family of a 15-year-old girl, who was allegedly shot dead by police in Kamariny Village in Elgeyo Marakwet County on August 9, has demanded for justice, even as they prepare for their daughter’s burial.

Florence Kirop, the mother of the deceased, Nancy Jepchumba, demands that the police officer who fatally shot her daughter be identified and a legal action taken against him.

She was speaking after an autopsy was conducted on Jepchumba Tuesday, August 15.

Samwel Kirop, the deceased’s father, says they had high hopes for their daughter’s future.

Kirop says if government won’t take any legal action against their daughter’s killer, they will opt for the cursing of the suspect via traditional rituals.

According to John Kaino, who witnessed the shooting, the girl was hit by a bullet that had been fired by a police officer one kilometer from Chesoi tallying centre in Marakwet East on August 9.

The police officer was allegedly quelling chaos that had rocked the area.

The girl was part of a group that was celebrating the results, which – at the time – showed independent candidate Linah Jebii Kilimo ahead of Jubilee Party’s David Bowen.

According to an autopsy, Jepchumba died from gunshot wound. The police officer, who allegedly shot her, is yet to be identified.

According to Elgeyo Marakwet police boss, Tom Odera, police have launched an investigation into Jepchumba’s death.

Odera has vowed if the said officer will be found accountable of the girl’s death; a legal action will be taken against him.

Jubilee Party’s David Bowen emerged winner in race for Marakwet East MP after garnering 14, 626 votes compared to Jebii Kilimo’s 13, 713 votes in the August 8 poll.

 

 

 

 

 

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