“I was very proud of him, his hard work started at a young age. He paid school fees for himself until he finished his secondary education. I never had to worry about him,” Said Isaac Manywa.
Peter Ndegwa, a 19-year-old tiles installation expert, lived in Matopeni in Kayole, a slum in Nairobi mapped out as a crime hot spot. Going through Matopeni, one would think it is an extremely safe place, due to the heavy presence of police. In efforts to curb the persistent insecurity, the police use heavy-handed and extra-legal tactics.
According to Isaac Manywa, 7 March 2017, was an ordinary morning for his son Peter, who woke up and got ready to go to work. He joins construction crews and tiles homes for a living.
“My Peter was a hard worker; his installation skills had given him jobs across the estate in Matopeni. He was passionate about his career and took pride in his work. Now that is all gone.” Said Isaac Manywa, Peter’s father.
Isaac narrates, that Peter’s day was uneventful, and after work, he met up with his friends and girlfriend for drinks. As they were conversing and enjoying each other’s company, the police who were unknown to them approached and ordered them to stand up. Frightened of the motives of the police, all of them tried running away. One policeman shot Peter in his arm, he froze, scared, he stopped running and got down on his knees and cried for mercy. He pleaded with the policeman, telling them, “I’m not a thief, I’m not a thief please don’t kill me.”
The police picked him up, dragged him to a dark alley way, and moments later, his friends and witnesses said they heard several shots. When the friends went looking for Peter, they found his body on the floor, dead and no police in sight.
“I was very proud of him, his hard work started at a young age. He paid school fees for himself until he finished his secondary education. I never had to worry about him.” Said Isaac Manywa.