Lwala residents hold protests after police vehicle kills student
Residents of Lwala in Migori County on Tuesday staged protests demanding justice after a police vehicle knocked a student dead.
The police car allegedly plunged into a group of students and passersby on Monday, killing one and injuring others in a bizarre incident along the Migori-Kisii highway.
According to local media, the police car was involved in a high-speed chase at the time.
“We want to know if traffic rules do not apply to the police because the students were walking on a wide road when they were run over by the police vehicle,” Walter Nyambogo, a teacher at Lwala Mixed Secondary School stated.
The injured students and citizens were rushed to hospital and are receiving treatment.
In Tuesday’s protests, police fired teargas to disperse the crowd that was seeking audience with the station’s police boss.
Local MCA Graham Kagali assured the residents that the police officers involved would be apprehended.
“We will ensure the police officer involved in the accident and the victims get justice and as a community, we will also ensure that peace prevails in the area,” Kagali stated.
Migori County Police Commander Mark Wanjala, on the other hand, termed the incident as unfortunate adding that they were unable to collect evidence at the scene because of the protest.
“The students tried to stop the police who went there to collect evidence. Nobody is above the law and we will launch investigations,” Wanjala stated.