• Sat. Oct 31st, 2020

Occupants of Kawangware 56 estate in Nairobi on Monday, October 12, engaged the police in running encounter as they took to the streets to express their concerns over increasing cases of insecurity in the area.  Reports showed that a group of youth took to the streets following the shadowy death of a boda boda rider in the area.

The protestors alleged that the rider was arrested by uniformed police before his body, dead, was found lying at the City Mortuary. Residents claim that the body was taken to the mortuary after it was discovered in Kibra slum.

“We cannot go on living like this. Erico (victim) is not the first one to get arrested and then disappear under mysterious circumstances. We are in a lot of pain as we found his body dumped next to the railway track in Kibra,” one of the protestors told the press.

The police used teargas to scatter the group that was throwing stones at the officers while demanding justice for their friend. The residents lit tyres and jammed roads in the area as they battled police. Cases of police brutality are well familiar with countless hours of footage of such incidents shared across numerous media platforms. Four rights groups are suing the government over alleged killings and human rights violations by members of Kenya’s Police Force during the Covid 19 pandemic.

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