By Malachi Motano
The Kenya University students organisation (KUSO) has presented a petition to the national assembly (Parliament) on the ‘escalated’ cases of extra-judicial killings of university students.
The Petitioners led by KUSO President Anthony Manyara say extra-judicial killing of students by police has been on the rise where last year (2018) over four students were shot dead among them Meru university student Secretary General Evans Njoroge and over 17 others badly injured with the most recent case being the death of former Leeds University student Carilton John Maina.
“All the vicious cases have been marred with deceit and cover ups”, says KUSO President.
The student leaders in the petition, say that most of the deaths by police arise out of the police-residents antagonism where grudges have built up over the time due to conflicts, harassment, mistreat among other vices and most of the time associated with overstay in a place by junior officers.
Statistics with KUSO indicate that some of the the cases of police brutality experienced to students include where Mr. Moseti (identified with one name) from Laikipia University was killed for allegedly storming into the office of the Vice- Chancellor and also Ms. Susan Njoki a student from Multi-media University of Kenya who was run over by unknown vehicle.
Other cases of extra- judicial killings include a third year IT student from KCA University who was shot dead by police in Mamboleo estate in Kisumu, Sharon Otieno of Rongo University, Kevin Abom a 19 year old student of Strathmore University who was killed under unclear circumstances, Edinald Atieno of Kenyatta University who was stabbed ten times by alleged lover Maxwell Ochieng in Kahawa Wendani estate as well as Beverly Akinyi from the same University killed over alleged love triangles and lastly a 20 year old University student who was raped and killed in Lolwe estate-Kisumu.
The student leaders therefore (among the many recommendations
) want Inspector General Joseph Boinet to be summoned by Parliament to explain why he has ignored calls for justice by relatives of the victims.
They also want a commission of inquiry to be established to look into the Matter, and the report from the commission be expeditiously implemented and a bill to bring police reforms be initiated.