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Varsity student shot dead in bar brawl

01 September 2014, 11:31 Arap Yego

Bungoma - Business in Kimilili town, Bungoma County, came to a near standstill on Saturday morning after angry members of the public attempted to raze an entertainment joint whose owner is alleged to have shot dead a university student.

 The irate residents, who were protesting the killing of 22-year-old student by the proprietor of the club after a bar brawl, stormed the club and destroyed property.

The second-year student at Mombasa University College died instantly after being shot in the head by the businessman who is a licensed gun holder during the 3am incident.

The deceased young man was a son to Bungoma County Chief Executive Officer in charge of Education, David Kibiti.

Police officers led by Kimilili OCPD, Philip Wambugu, had a hard time restraining the protesters and they were forced to watch helplessly as the irate mob looted property after they overpowered the officers.

The police boss told journalists that security agents have launched a manhunt for the businessman who fled immediately after committing the crime.  

He said they recovered a pistol which the suspect left behind.

“We are tracking him down and it is only a matter of time before we catch up with him. We recovered the pistol he used to commit the crime and seven bullets from the scene,” said Wambugu.

The bereaved Mr Kibiti who spoke separately to journalists at his home asked security agents to bring the man who killed his only son to book.

He said his son, who was on a short holiday, had asked for permission to go out with one of his friends who had a birthday bash on Friday night.

"I was shocked when a neighbour called me at 4am informing me that a young man had been shot dead in town. He asked me whether my son was at home and when I said he wasn't, he asked me to rush to town. I rushed to town and found that indeed my son had been shot dead. We found his body at a local private hospital mortuary,” explained the Bungoma County official.

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