Prosecute cop in student shooting, leaders tell CS

MPs and human rights activists have issued a week’s notice to Interior Cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i and the Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to prosecute a police officer who shot dead the Meru University student leader or face private prosecution.

They spoke yesterday as the 22-year-old student leader Evans ‘Kidero’ Njoroge was laid to rest in his father’s farm in Longonot, Naivasha, in an emotional ceremony attended by hundreds of mourners including fellow students.

Student leader Evans Njoroge who was killed. Photo/SAMUEL KARIUKI

Gilgil MP Martha Wangari said it was disheartening to see that one week after the murder, the officer who had committed the act had not been arrested.

She challenged the CS and IG to salvage the image of the force by dealing with the few errant trigger happy officers tarnishing the image of police.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui while condemning the act said he was ready to institute private prosecution against the officer involved in the killing.

“It’s painful for a parent to send a child to school in the hope of rising in the society only for the family to receive the body in a coffin,” he said. Naivasha MP Jane Kihara said she had spoken to Independent Police Oversight Authority chairman Macharia Njeru who had promised her that the officer would be charged in court.

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