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Odinga calls for justice for Maseno University student killed by police bullet


Friday, 7th April 2023


Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has called for justice for the family of the Maseno University student killed by a police bullet in March protests.


William Mayange, an Education student, died soon after he was rushed to hospital with a bullet wound on his neck.


His burial was conducted in his family’s Nyamira home on Wednesday.


In a statement read on Odinga’s behalf by Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o who attended the burial, the former Prime Minister said there was no justification for the police to use live bullets against peaceful protesters.


“Just like any other Kenyans, we are deeply saddened and stung by the death of this young patriotic Kenyan university student who should be in class studying for his exams,” said Odinga.


He also revealed that he had personally asked many questions concerning Mayenga’s killing and that they will continue to do so.


“Why did the police officer single out William who at the time of his killing was a harmless student taking part in a peaceful demonstration?  Why did the police officer use live instead of rubber bullets? Why has this officer not been arrested? When will the parents get justice for their son?” Odinga posed.


Other leaders who were also in attendance at Mayange’s burial condemned the police for opting to use live bullets to disperse unarmed protesters. They called for justice for Mayange’s family.


“Unprovoked excessive use of force by the police is not only criminal but uncalled for,” Kisii Governor Simba Arati said. The Independent Policing Oversight Authority is conducting investigations into the matter. The body said any officer who will be found culpable will face prosecution.



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