The Star (Nairobi)

7 February 2013

Kenya: Cop Killed in Moi University Riot

Moi University students stoned to death a police officer. The students were rioting following a power black out at their hostels in Eldoret town.

Wareng OCPD Nicolas Maina confirmed the officer was hit in the head after the students started throwing stones to protest over the power black out at the hostels located in Pioneer area, Eldoret town.

"Police officers who were on patrol went to the estate and in the process some of the students used a hard object to hit the officer on the head," said the OCPD.

He said the officer sustained injuries on the head and was rushed to the Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital where he died while undergoing treatment. Maina said investigations had been launched into the incident.

Police shot in the air to disperse the students who then responded by throwing stones at the officers and other people around.

"We will not condone lawlessness and its unfortunate that the officer lost his life in such a manner", said Maina adding that investigations were at an advanced stage.

Officials at the university could not comment on the incident arguing that it took place outside the university. Meanwhile the government has supplied vehicles to police officers in Baringo and Pokot counties to help tackle cattle rustling activities in the region where 9 people including three police officers, three civilians and three bandits have been killed in the last four days.

Baringo County Commissioner Benard Leparamarai says the government has sent in an additional 100 officers to help intensify security.

"We have taken adequate measures to deal with the security situation in Marigat and all other areas affected by the cattle rustling menace", said Leparamai.

He said the government has also established a GSU camp at Arabal in Marigat where more than 3,000 people are still displaced from their homes due to insecurity.

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