IPOA launches investigations into shooting of Machakos University student
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched investigations into the alleged shooting of a Machakos University student by a police officer.
In a statement signed by Ms Ann Makori, IPOA said the student was shot and badly injured during a demonstration that was organized by the students over insecurity.
“In line with provisions of IPOA Act, which dictates that injuries occasioned by actions of the police be investigated by the Authority, a Rapid Response Team has been dispatched to the area with instructions to obtain all information that may be relevant in unveiling the circumstances surrounding the incident,” the statement reads in part.
The agency also said in case they found out that there was fault in the matter then they will go ahead and make the right recommendations as per to the law.
The recommendations include, but not limited to, having the officer prosecuted in a court of law. Ms Makori also asked students at the institution to maintain calm as the matter is being investigated.
For over a week now, Machakos University students have consistently complained about insecurity that was on the rise, especially in the areas of Kathemboni, Chatia and Eastleigh estates where students have reportedly been attacked and lost valuables to criminals.
It also emerged that the students had for over a week planned to go on strike but they were stopped by police officers following a series of meetings.
However, the students anger was ignited by two cases which took over the weekend, including one involving a police officer.
In the first incident a student was attacked and died due to injuries while receiving treatment at Kenyatta National Hospital (KNH).
In the second incident, a police officer was due to be arraigned in court on Tuesday after he was allegedly arrested for stealing a mobile phone from a student.
In a statement, police said Mr Kevin Sila and an accomplice, identified as Mr David Muringu, on the night of Sunday, December 4, 2022, nabbed two students as they headed to their rented quarters while on a motorbike.