Cry for Justice After Govt Officer Shoots Civilian to Death

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A Kenya Forest Service officer looks at the massive destruction of the Maasai Mau Forest in Kosian area of Narok South subcounty
  • A family in Kuresoi North, Nakuru County is accusing a Kenya Forest Service Ranger of fatally shooting their son at Londiani forest over claims that the deceased was illegally burning charcoal in the forest.

    According to the family, 22-year-old Frederick Makarani had accompanied his siblings to the forest when he was ambushed by the rangers and fatally shot.

    The father to the deceased, Peter Mdogo claimed that the rangers knew his family very well and faulted them for killing his son out of spite.

    A Kenya Forest Service officer looks at the massive destruction of the Maasai Mau Forest in Kosian area of Narok South subcounty.
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    Member of County Assembly (MCA) Sirikwa Ward, Alfred Mutai echoed the family’s sentiments noting that the matter ought to be investigated.

    “The government is supposed to take care and also protect the citizens of this country.

    “How comes it can turn on its own in such a cruel manner?” posed Mutai.

    In its defense, the KFS claimed that Makarani attempted to attack the rangers with a machete and was killed in self-defense.

    A KFS officer Stephen Kamunyo alleged that the deceased had been found alongside another suspect who had previously escaped after being found illegally burning charcoal in the forest.

    “The business of charcoal burning is illegal and this is not the first time as we noted that they had put up a structure where they would even cook.

    “When you confront an officer with a machete, it becomes very difficult for us to disarm you,” Kamunyo stated.

    Area residents also faulted the KFS rangers of impunity and cited that they demanded bribes. 

    Investigations by the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) are underway.

    Kenya Forest Service officers patrolling Mbooni forest.
    Kenya Forest Service officers patrolling Mbooni forest.
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  • Source: KENYAGIST.COM

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