13-Year-Old Teenager Shot Dead at Balcony During Curfew

  • A police officer walks past one of bodies of the suspects at the scene of the shooting on Langata road, Nairobi on January 19, 2011
    A police officer walks past one of bodies of the suspects at the scene of the shooting on Langata road, Nairobi on January 19, 2011
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  • Update March 31, 12:10 p.m.: Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji directed Inspector general of Police Hillary Mutyambai to launch probe into an incident where a 13-year-old boy died after he was shot by police while they enforced the curfew on the evening of Monday, March 30, 2020.

    DPP Haji ordered that a forensic analysis be conducted on the weapons held by the officers on duty at the time of the shooting.

    This is in a bid to identify the officer responsible for the incident. Mutyambai had earlier warned that any officer guilty of subverting the given directives would be held accountable.

    The boy, since identified as Yasin Moyo was on the balcony of their home in Kiamaiko estate, Nairobi when the bullet went through his stomach.

    A police vehicle at a scene of a crime
    A police vehicle at a scene of a crime
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    Moyo was rushed to Mama Lucy Hospital and placed in the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) but later succumbed to the gunshot wound.

    The boy's parents stated that he was on the balcony with the mother while the father was in the house watching television when the incident happened at 6.59 pm on Monday, March 30.

    Being a faithful of Islam, Moyo will be laid to rest today, March 31, 2020, at Kariako Cemetary.

    A Police officer who spoke to Kenyans.co.ke informed that the officers have launched investigations into the matter, so as to establish what led to the dreadful incident.

    However, the boy's family have appealed for justice as they alleged that most of the police officers who were on patrol during the curfew were drunk and had liquor on them.

    Nairobi County Commander Phillip Ndolo has since stated that Muitel was accidentally hit by a ricocheting bullet when police were engaging a gang that had flouted the curfew.

    Ndolo stated that a ricocheting bullet can take any direction to the extent of even harming the source. He, however, cautioned police officers enforcing the curfew against carelessly using their weapons, assuring that investigation are underway.

    On Monday, March 30 Citizen Digital reported that a man was beaten to death by the police in Kwale for flouting the nationwide curfew.

    The man, a boda boda rider since identified as Khamisi Juma Bega had reportedly received a call from a client who was expectant and rushed to take her to hospital.

    It is on his way back from the hospital that he met officers on patrol at Ujamma stage on the Mombasa Lungalunga highway, at around 7:30 p.m. The publication reported that the police descended upon him, along with another person yet to be identified.

    Bega failed to get medical attention during that fateful night and was taken to hospital the following morning where he succumbed to injuries.

    Police in Matuga, however, refuted the allegations while sub-county commander Francis Mguli stated that the officers would open investigations into the matter to ascertain the root cause of the incident.

    Bega's body was taken to Coast General hospital for a postmortem.

    Residents have since called upon Inspector General of the Police Hillary Mutyambai to come to their aid in getting justice and to caution the officers against employing excessive force on Kenyans.

    Administration Police patrolling Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu County on May 5, 2016.
    Administration Police patrolling Eldoret town, Uasin Gishu County on May 5, 2016.
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