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Form two student among four shot by KWS officers in Barut, Nakuru

A form two student is among four people who were on Saturday evening shot by Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS) officers in Barut, Nakuru County.

At the time of the incident, the officers were responding to alleged illegal fishing taking place at Lake Nakuru.

On Sunday, residents demonstrated the arrest of the KWS officers who are also accused of beating up residents after raiding the area.

Addressing the media was Beatrice Adhiambo, the mother of 15-year-old Barrack Obama who shot by the police outside his house after the police arrived in three land cruisers.

“I saw my son fall and heard him call out my name just at the gate. He was writhing in pain,” she said.

She continued by revealing how another boy was shot by the police as he attended to her son and that her son was not fishing as claimed by the officers before the shooting incident.

19-year-old Obed Luka is another victim who was sited with his friends when two land cruisers stopped by and started assaulting a woman. When they told them to stop, the officers started shooting randomly before he was hit by a bullet in the leg.

“The officers started shooting randomly, I felt numbness in my leg and fell. I lost consciousness and found myself in a hospital ward with my mother beside me,” he said

Speaking after the incident was Deputy County Commissioner Obed Mose who called on the witnesses to record statements so as to have those responsible to face the full force of the law.

Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama condemned the incident calling on the KWS officers to stick to their bounderies.

“KWS officers are acting with impunity, the officers should stick to their boundary and safeguard the park and not terrorise locals in their homes,”  said the MP

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