Anger in Lessos as Police Kill Three for not Wearing a Mask

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A man shot by Police in Nandi County for failing to wear a mask

Learn how police brutality reared it’s ugly head in Ol’lessos, Nandi County in an afternoon of death, anger, and frustration.

Three were shot by police today. Two more died two months ago. Will there be prosecutions this time? Or will the police officers responsible face prosecution for their crimes?

 

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Residents of Nandi County are up in arms after police officers killed a man for failing to wear a mask.

The man who is alleged to have been living with a disability was a cobbler at Lessos trading centre.

Nandi Senator Kiprotich Cherargei called for the immediate arrest of four officers who took part in the shootings.

Cherargei called the killings ‘a new low.’

 

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In the protests that followed the cobbler’s killing, two more residents were killed by the police.

Angry residents retaliated by burning a senior police officer’s house and engaging officers in running battles.

Lessos residents blocked police who were coming to pick the body of the cobbler lying on the road. The locals expressed frustration with officers demanding bribes as the County put in place measures to control Covid-19 pandemic.

 

A statement from the office of the Inspector General of Police accused the slain cobbler of carrying two pileon passengers, and boda boda riders of trying to snatch a rifle away from an officer. The statement further alleges that the police were followed by a mob back to their station.

 

 

Meanwhile, Governor Sang asked the Police Service Commission to thoroughly investigate the incident.

Sang refuted reports that wananchi had attempted to snatch a rifle from the police. He said that no police officer had been attacked by wananchi.

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The County Government of Nandi has hired a legal team to work on getting justice for the families of three people who were killed in Thursday’s incident of police brutality.

Less than two years ago, a police officer from the same station shot and killed a citizen and was not prosecuted for the crime. Politicians in Nandi are calling for the prosecution of all police brutality incidents in the county.

Two more people were killed in Mosop Sub County, Nandi County a mere two months ago in another incident of police brutality.

 

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