In a report aired by NTV on Thursday night, May 21, Mr. Hillary Kirui’s family revealed that the Tenwek Mission Hospital’s Medic is currently fighting for his life in ICU.
Bureti OCPD Felician Nafula disclosed that Kirui was hit by a stray bullet as the police officers were dispersing youth who had flouted the curfew rule.
Bureti OCPD Felician Nafula addresses journalists in Kericho on Friday, May 21, 2020
Kirui’s colleagues, however, refuted the OCPD’s narrative and urged the Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) to ensure the police officer who was involved in the shooting is charged accordingly.
“Our colleague is undergoing surgery and is in deep pain. Soon he will come out from the theatre and we are not happy,” one clinical officer stated.
National Police Service, through the area OCPD stated that investigations are underway to ensure that justice is served to the victim.
“We are sorry for what happened and we won’t leave any stone unturned. We are asking for forgiveness,” the police boss apologised.
Medics and law enforcers have clashed several times since President Uhuru Kenyatta announced the dusk to dawn curfew in March 2020.
Despite being listed as essential service providers, some medics in some regions where the cessation of movement was imposed, such as Nairobi and Mombasa, have been traversing from one county to another.
In April 2020, medics in Thika, Kiambu engaged General Service Unit (GSU) officers in a running battle as they forced entry into Thika town where they work.
“Make sure you organise yourself by setting an example by appointing a health representative who will provide the police with the photos of the health workers who will be crossing this roadblock, which hospitals they work for and which day and time they will be crossing this roadblock,” GSU Deputy Commander Bashane Omar addressed the issue.
In April 2020, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i disclosed that 14 police officers had been interdicted for misconduct during enforcement of the curfew directive.