Family seeks justice after toddler is killed in stray bullet incident

Tuesday, November 10th, 2020 00:00 |
Baby Angel who was allegedly shot dead by police in Kahawa Wendani. Photo/COURTESY

Nyaboga Kiage

A family in Kahawa Wendani, Kiambu County is seeking justice after one of their own was killed by a stray bullet when police tried to stop a mob from killing three suspected robbers. 

A sombre mood has engulfed in Ms Pauline Kaigongi’s residential house as mourners stream into her house for solidarity with the family that lost their only daughter identified as Angel on Saturday morning. 

Ms Kaigongi told People Daily that she was seated at the roof-top of Dykaan College cuddling the three-year-old girl when a stray bullet that was shot by an officer who tried to disperse the angry mob baying for the blood of the three suspected robbers hit her- killing her on the spot. 

“I was just seated and cuddling my daughter when the stray bullet hit the minor, killing her on the spot.

By the time we arrived at a local hospital based in Kahawa Wendani bus terminus she was no more,” Ms Kaigongi said. 

Get justice

She asked the Interior CS Dr Fred Matiang’i and other relevant bodies to chip in and assist the family get justice because her daughter did not deserve to die. 

The lifeless body of the minor is currently at the Kenyatta University morgue and plans are underway to conduct a postmortem in order to ascertain what exactly led to the death of the toddler. 

People Daily has established that three suspected robbers who one week ago stole a motorcycle in the vast Kahawa Wendani area and even murdered the owner identified as Evans Muthui were spotted using the bike along the busy Thika Super Highway. 

Muthui, was buried over the weekend at his home in Ruiru town, Kiambu County. 

This prompted other bodaboda riders who spotted the motorbike to start chasing after the trio that included a lady and two men. 

They were cornered outside the local college which is based a few meters to Githurai market and the mob descended on them. 

Police and witnesses who spoke to People Daily said that the mob grew bigger and they were mercilessly beating up the suspects with plans of lynching them when an officer arrived at the scene. 

“The officer tried to disperse the crowd but it went on growing bigger and bigger to an extent of causing traffic snarl-ups along the highway.

He shot in the air with the aim of dispersing the crowd that had seriously injured the three,” Abel Kimani, a local said. 

He said that the lady had confessed that they have been involved in crime and even stolen several motorcycles in Kiambu, Nairobi and Murang’a counties. 

Police said that the three were under their custody in various hospitals within Kiambu County and they would be interrogated over their involvement in crime. 

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