OCS shoots lover’s husband dead, residents protest


A 30 year-old man was on Sunday evening shot dead by an OCS at Muthithi village, Kigumo constituency in Murang’a county.

Julius Karanja was allegedly gunned down after threatening to attack two police officers who accompanied his wife back to their home after she sought help from them.

Christine Wanjiku, 20, had gone to Muthithi police station to report that her husband threatened to attack their 7 month-old child after getting home drunk.

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Local residents who spoke to KNA alleged that the couple had a sour relationship and that Wanjiku wanted help from the police to take the child away from Karanja.

Murang’a county police commander Naomi Ichami said Karanja wanted to attack the officers with a panga prompting the shooting.

“The wife of the deceased was accompanied by two police officers to her home in an effort to secure her child but when Karanja saw the police he rushed into their house and came out holding a panga. Police had to shoot him after he defied an order to drop the panga,” Ichami explained.

It is also alleged that the OCS shot Karanja three times on the chest motivated by an affair with Wanjiku, and that the two have since fled the area.

Wanjiku reportedly rushed to the police station for help from the OCS when Karanja threatened to kill her after a quarrel.

More than 500 Muthithi town residents on Monday blocked Kaharati- Kangari demonstrating against Karanja’s killing. They said his killing amounted to the wrongful use of ammunition and misuse of power by the OCS.

“We want to know why Karanja, a very hardworking young man was killed,” one of the demonstrators, only identified as Irungu, said.

Ichami said officers have been deployed to the village to maintain peace as investigations into the matter are carried out.

Karanja’s body is at Githumo Health centre mortuary for a postmortem.

– the-star.co.ke

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