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Family cries for justice as police kill their son in cold blood

07 December 2015, 09:31 Ben Wafula

Busia - A family at Moding market centre in Teso North sub-County is calling on the Inspector General of police, Joseph Boinett to investigate and bring to book police officers from Malaba police station who allegedly killed their 16-year-old son in cold blood.

A businessman, John Emomuge narrated how on Tuesday last week at about noon, several police officers from Malaba police station in the company of some officials from the Mastermind Kenya stormed into his shop and started ransacking it allegedly looking for counterfeit super match cigarettes.

“The officers who were in civilian clothes entered my shop without even a search warrant and when I tried to inquire about their mission, one of the officers slapped me. I recognized them because that was the second raid on my shop. I kept quiet and left them to carry on with their mission,” says Emomuge amid tears.

He said that after failing to get any contraband items, they left but a few minutes later, two officers returned and held him hostage pointing their guns at him, robbing him of all the day's proceeds.

“One of them rushed to the cash box and started stuffing cash into his trouser pocket. When I asked why they were doing so, the other officer told me that he will shoot me if I continued complaining. I rushed for the Panga because the same officers had stolen from me in July 2013 under the pretense of a search for contraband items. My son came and pleaded with me not to harm the officers and then rushed out to inform my relatives,” he narrated.

The trader says that after the officers realized that their heinous act would be busted, they followed his son and shot him several times in the stomach and he died on the spot in a bid to hide the evidence.

“They have killed my son who had just sat his KCPE exams and was planning to join a secondary school of his choice. He was a clever boy and was killed in cold blood ; let Boinett help me so that the suspects can face the law. In 2013 during the other raid, they also killed a teacher who had come to my shop to buy some items,” he said.

Contacted, Malaba Deputy Administration Police Commander Julius Simiyu said that they have not received any such complaint and will only investigate if an official complaint is made by the victim’s parents.

However, the family says that they have recorded statements and want the culprits brought to book.

The deceased body is being held at Kocholya sub-district hospital as plans for a postmortem are underway before he is buried.

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