A family in Kanyakwar village, Kisumu County is seeking justice after their child was shot by police officers attached to Kenya Wildlife Service.
Byron Ochieng, 19, who is a boda boda operator is alleged to have been shot in the hand by the police officers.
His mother, Mary Akinyi was overwhelmed by emotions as she narrated what transpired.
We received the news around 3.00 pm on 26th December that our son had been shot, we hurried to the scene but found out that his friends had rushed him to hospitalMary Akinyi
“We received the news around 3.00 pm on 26th December that our son had been shot, we hurried to the scene but found out that his friends had rushed him to hospital,” she said.
“On arrival at the hospital we found the officers guarding our son claiming that he had been shot by a government gun but they have not aided us paying any bills since he started receiving treatment,” she furthered.
Akinyi says they have been forced to organize for fundraising to cater for the hospital bills.
The mother who is a widow also said KWS officers have not been honest on how the incident occurred.
She claims that police officers working on the case have been taking them in circles.
They now suspect that there is a conspiracy to subvert justice.
This is fouls play the KWS have neglected their duty and have refused to accept that they shot the boy wrongfullyErick Okello
According to a report by the DCI on 27th December, the officers had received a tip off from an informant and together with Kenya Wildlife Service personnel, they headed to Mamboleo where the arrest of the three was effected.
“A fourth suspect on a motorbike who attempted to rescue the prisoners using a metal bar had himself to blame, after the officers opened fire and shot him on his arms as fled from the scene,” read the report in part.
Western Region Civil societies coordinator Erick Okello now says this was not the case as Byron was shot from behind.
We are appealing to the Government to have this boys medical expenses coveredErick Okello
“This is fouls play the KWS have neglected their duty and have refused to accept that they shot the boy wrongfully,” he said.
“We are appealing to the Government to have this boys medical expenses covered,” he furthered.
He assured the family that justice would be done and the law would also be followed adding that the case had to follow normal procedure.
“We are calling on IPOA to get into the issue as I appeal to the family and residents to be assured that action will be taken.”