The Star (Nairobi)

21 January 2013

Kenya: Teso Teachers to Protest Killing

KENYA National Union of teachers Teso branch at the weekend threatened to lead its members in demonstration against alleged failure by the police to arrest the killer of a teacher in the area.

John Wefunya died on January 8 when a man believed to be a police officer began to fire indiscriminately and shot him on the head.

"As a union, we are aware the policeman who pulled the trigger is scot free. We are appealing to Inspector General, David Kimaiyo to intervene in the matter," branch treasurer, Joseph Eseme said.

Addressing mourners during his burial at Akobwait village in Changara location, Eseme demanded the transfer of top police officers and urged Teso North DC, Josephine Onunga to unravel the killing.

"We are giving the DC up to Wednesday to give us a report why the officer was released before appearing in the court of law.

Failure we shall ask our 1,500 members and the public to demonstrate at Amagoro against police laxity.

The DC confirmed receiving teachers' demands. "Investigations are on-going and an enquiry file opened. Police are investigating witnesses' evidence before taking appropriate action."

Busia Governor Aspirant Vincent Sidai said it was not the first incident involving the police he has heard and promised to address insecurity in the County as a top priority if he wins the seat on March 4.

Former Councillor Sammy Ikwaras demanded the transfer of top cops in Bungoma and Teso for failing to protect lives of citizens and for allowing illegal road blocks to fleece wananchi.

"Road blocks in Malakisi has forced boda bodas to abandon their businesses because of harassment and extortion and demanded that it be removed forthwith," Ikwaras said.

The deceased family members demanded the government to compensate them over the shooting of their kin saying he was the sole bread winner.

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