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MCA demands bodyguard, gun after attack

09 January 2015, 09:34 Nesta Marley

Busia - A member of Busia County assembly who was shot in the leg by a police officer in Nambale Wednesday is now demanding for bodyguards or a firearm.

Marachi East MCA, Julius Ochou, who is now admitted at St. Mary’s Mission Hopsital in Mumias after being shot by a police officer stationed in Nambale, says that he now fears for his life.

He is asking for an identification parade to identify the officer who shot him, saying the recent attack is enough proof that someone wants to see him dead.

“If the trigger happy police is not arrested, I don’t know what will happen to me next. I don't want the same to happen again because I am sure next time I may not be lucky to live another day,” said a seemingly fearful Ochou.

Ochou was shot while driving his car along Mumias-Busia road with his family.

“While approaching Musoma junction, I met some officers who ordered me to stop and as a law abiding citizen, I obeyed. But the officer became violent and cocked his gun. I was forced to flee and escape into a sugarcane plantation as the officer shot at me. He was determined to finish me,” said Ochou.

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An eyewitness claimed that the MCA was shot accidentally by prison officers from Siaya Prisons who were pursuing a suspect who had escaped from the prison.

"The officers came and identified the suspect. They ordered him to surrender but he instead took to his heels forcing the officer to shoot at him, accidentally shooting the MCA. He was not being targeted as he claims," said Moses Wenguli.

Busia County Police commandant, Halima Mohamed said police are investigating the incident after receiving complaints from the MCA.

“Once we finish investigations, we will take the appropriate action but for now we are interrogating all eyewitnesses and we will soon investigate the MCA. We still don’t know what really happened,” said Halima.

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