13 September 2018

Kenya: Family of Man Who Was Shot Dead By Police Cry Out for Justice

A grieving family in Kariokor is seeking justice after one of their kin was shot dead by the police officers under unclear circumstances.

Mr Philip Kipkemoi was shot dead at Wakamau apartments in Kangemi area last week.

The family claims that police officers at Kabete Police Station recorded in the OB desk that Mr Kipkemoi was found in possession of a homemade gun.

However, Kennedy Cheboin, a nephew to the deceased, claims that the man was shot following a dispute with his landlady from whom he was demanding a refund.

"He had paid a one month rent and deposit but decided to move out a week later, when he tried to ask for his money things turned against him," Cheboin said.

SHOT DEAD

The nephew further claims that initially when Mr Kipkemoi sought the refund, the landlady had committed to pay him.

But in strange twist of events, when the landlady entered her house, police officers suddenly stormed the apartment and shot dead Mr Kipkemoi.

A tenant in the building, who requested for anonymity, said that she heard the two quarreling before gunshots were had.

"Nobody went out until we confirmed that the police were there. I was shocked to see his body lying in a pool of blood," said the tenant.

The family is now requesting that the human rights department helps them get justice.

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