Silas Owiti Lebo, a 17-year-old, was meant to sit his final year examination in Barding High School, Siaya County on 31 October 2017 but was killed before that could happen.
During the August 2017 General Elections, he had travelled to Nairobi, to enjoy the holidays with his mum who lives in Mathare. After protests broke out in Mathare, police forcefully dispersed protestors and thereafter, conducted house to house searches beating young men who were or were perceived to be protestors.
Silas was studying for his exams, too young to vote, did not concern himself with the protests. His mother Christine, says “Silas wanted to study medicine in university.” On 12 August at 10:00 am
Silas was one of the young men who were removed from their houses by police as his mum watched. He was mercilessly beaten by a group of police men with “rungus” [batons]. They said to him, “Sisi hatukuiiba kura za Raila, tumechoka na nyinyi”, [we did not steal Raila’s votes, we are tired of you].
Police kept beating him until he was unconscious and died. His mum could not help but wail in anguish“ “Mumewekelea Degree chini ya Mchanga” [you have buried a degree]. She wonders “why are the same police who were meant to protect us, killing my son?”
She had hoped he would change her life once he actualized his ambitions. Christine, now only wants those who killed her beloved son identified, arrested and prosecuted so that justice is served. That is the least the government should do for mama Silas.