Rex Masai: Protestor Dies After Police Shooting Incident in CBD

A photo collage of Rex Masai (left) and police shooting at protesters on June 20, 2024.
A photo collage of Rex Masai (left) and police shooting at protesters on June 20, 2024.
Boniface Mwangi

A protester in his late 20s succumbed to injuries after an alleged police shooting incident within the Central Business District (CBD).

According to reports, the protester identified as Rex Masai, was shot dead during an incident that was caught on camera at night.

In the incident, a plain-clothed officer was filmed firing at the protesters at around 7 pm as police moved to contain the protests.

Some of the protesters who took the injured protester to a medical facility revealed that he was confirmed dead at the facility within the CBD.

Nairobi City mortuary
A photo of Kenyans at the entrance to the Nairobi City mortuary
Nairobi County Government

Preliminary examination by the doctors indicates that the protester was hit with a bullet in the thighs.

At the time of publication, Masai's mother had already been contacted and informed of the shooting.

Consequently, given that it is an alleged homicide, the body was moved to the City Mortuary with a postmortem scheduled to take place within the week.

"I have met with Rex’s mum, and we are on our way to City Mortuary. Since it’s a homicide, the police have said the body has to be booked in a public mortuary.

"After the post-mortem, we shall move Rex," Human Rights Activist Boniface Mwangi stated.

Meanwhile, Kenyans on online platforms have called in the National Police Service (NPS) to identify the officer and take action.

Section of Kenyans also wondered why the police were using live ammunition on the protesters who stated that they were peaceful during the Thursday exercise.

"Rest in peace Rex. This is so heartbreaking to lose a comrade in the hands of a police officer who’s supposed to protect Kenyans," Embakasi East MP Babu Owino stated.

Police are yet to speak over the matter. However, in an earlier statement, Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome noted that the police were only deployed to ensure that the protesters do not occupy state institutions such as Parliament.

“The Service will neither condone nor approve efforts by demonstrators to either occupy critical government infrastructure including Parliament Buildings,” the IG stated.

Inspector General of Police Japhet Koome
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