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Police kill teen for threatening them with machete

25 August 2014, 19:03 John Kioko

Kwale - A family at Mwatate area within Kinango Kwale is mourning the death of their daughter who was shot by police on Saturday morning.

Kwekwe Mwandadza, a 15-year-old pupil at Mavirivirini primary school, is said to have died after sustaining serious bullet injuries after being shot by police who were pursuing wanted suspects of murder in the area.

Kinango deputy county commissioner, Moses Ivuto said that a contingent of police led by senior officer raided a home of five suspects among them the uncle of the minor.

“Police had information that the suspects who have been involved in murder cases of elderly people in the area had arrived and were spending the day in the village, prompting them to raid the home,” he noted.

After surrounding one of the houses where they (police) suspected the suspects were sleeping in, a woman came out wielding a machete before police responded by firing.

“It was around 2:00 am and therefore police did not know whether the person was a child because she was armed,” said Ivuto.

According to Ivuto, police were pursuing George Zani who was among the five suspects behind killing of Jackson Mwero in the area.

“Police learnt that the suspect was uncle to the child later but he was not there when they arrived,” said Ivuto.

Police however managed to arrest Mambo Chinyama who is accused of murdering Jackson Mwero on  August 12, 2014.

Ivuto said the other four suspects managed to escape during the raid.

The minor died on her way to  Kinango hospital where the police were taking her for treatment.

It is not yet clear why the school girl came out of the house wielding a machete to attack the police.

“For the last two months, there have been increased cases of killings of elderly persons suspected to be practicing witchcraft. We know witchcraft is used as the scapegoat for land issues,” he added.

Ivuto said that after investigations by police, they managed to get a list of five suspects behind the killings before launching a manhunt for them.

“They had information that the five had arrived from their hideout after committing the offences recently at Kasemeni ward,” he said.

He said they will continue pursuing the rest until they are all brought to book noting that the one who was arrested during the raid will be taken arraigned soon.

The body of the deceased pupil was taken to Kinango district hospital mortuary as investigation into the matter continues.

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