BY SAMUEL RAMTU FOR EDAILY.CO.KE
The mother of a seven-year-old boy, who was fatally shot in Pipeline area, Nairobi on Tuesday, November 28, has revealed that her son had asked for permission to go watch President Uhuru Kenyatta’s inauguration at a neighbour’s house, when a stray bullet ripped through his head during a clash between NASA supporters and anti-riot police.
The boy, Geoffrey Mutinda, died on the spot. Witnesses said the stray bullet was fired by two police officers, who escaped on a motorbike. An expectant woman was injured during the shooting.
“My son had requested to go watch President Kenyatta’s inauguration at a neighbour’s house. While there, he and his friends decided to play on the veranda where he was fatally shot. The boy was studying at a primary school in Machakos County, and was slated to join Standard Two next year. He was a very intelligent pupil,” said the slain boy’s mother, Elizabeth Katungwa.
Ms Katungwa has urged the government to help foot funeral expenses, and also bring to book her son’s killers.
“I am currently jobless. I need financial assistance to plan my son’s burial. The government should help,” said Ms Katungwa.
IPOA LAUNCHES PROBE
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) launched an investigation into Geoffrey Mutinda’s death.
Upon conclusion of the probe, IPOA will make recommendations and forward the investigation file to the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko for further action.
A contingent of police officers had sealed off NASA supporter’s intended destination, Jacaranda Grounds, as early as 7am Tuesday.
The Opposition rooters wanted to access the venue for prayer and memorial meeting organised by NASA leaders to pay tribute to the political formation’s supporters, who were killed during the electioneering period.
Their attempts, however, were rebuffed by a contingent of security officers, who had fanned out en masse.
Irate NASA supporters unleashed their wrath by lighting bonfires and burning down business premises on Manyanja road.
This happened as President Uhuru Kenyatta was being sworn in at the Moi Sports Centre, Kasarani.