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Thursday, 09 Feb 2017 15:04 EATamboleokata@gmail.com
Learning at Maryland Secondary School in Subukia, Nakuru County was paralyzed early today after students took to the streets protesting over the shooting of a Form Four student by three armed thugs at Subukia Trading Centre last night. The shooting happened outside an M-Pesa shop located less than 600 meters from Subukia Police Station and the Deputy County Commissioner’s office.
Students marched to Subukia Police Station where they registered their disappointment with the way police handled the case before proceeding to the area MP’s office who addressed them before accompanying them to the home of the deceased student Alex Mwangi, 17, in Morro village. A somber mood engulfed the entire village with locals trying to come to terms with the sudden death of a student whom they described as very bright and the hope for his family.
The students condemned the incident and called on police to get to the bottom of the matter and arrest those responsible for the killing. The three thugs invaded a local chemist where they ordered the owner to hand over all the days’ sales plus his mobile phone as customers waited. The chemist proprietor complied as one of the suspects blandished an AK47 rifle.
Immediately the suspects moved to the M-Pesa shop, they dropped a paper bag containing the money and mobile phone they had stolen from the chemist perhaps due to suspicion. As they entered the shop that also houses an Equity agent outlet, they shot the male student from behind as he attempted to flee after spotting them.
Subukia OCPD Alex Ng’ang’a said that the suspects hurriedly fled on foot immediately after the shooting. He said that police are investigating the matter and hope to apprehend those culpable soon. The incident sparked tension in the area, with business premises hurriedly being closed. Police also ordered boda boda operators to go home as they launched a manhunt for the suspects.
The body of the deceased was moved to Nyahururu Referral Hospital. Area MP Nelson Gaichuhie said that the area has generally been secure adding that he will strive to ensure justice for the affected family is realized.
The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County