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January 21, 2019

Househelp narrates how charcoal supplier was shot at pastor's Kilifi home

A resident of Magarini at the scene where a charcoal supplier was shot on Wednesday. /ALPHONCE GARI
A resident of Magarini at the scene where a charcoal supplier was shot on Wednesday. /ALPHONCE GARI

A pastor's family in Magarini, Kilifi, has recounted how a charcoal supplier was allegedly shot by police in their compound. 

Juma Bahati Shanga, 28, is reported to have been shot at close range after being chased for more than 1km. He was shot on the shoulder during the 1pm incident on Wednesday.

Shanga, who hails from Burangi, was transporting charcoal from Mbuni in Adu on his motorcycle when two officers in a Probox tried to stop him.

He is admitted to Malindi Sub-County Hospital with bullet wounds.

Charcoal burning is illegal in Magarini after it was banned by the county and the national governments.

House help Priscilla Tabu Kilumo told the Star she was at home with her employer's children when gunshots were fired.

She first heard the sound of a motorbike followed by a car moving at high speed. She also heard people shouting at the top of their voices, ordering someone to stop.

“I was really shocked. I have not been able to eat since Wednesday," she said.

The owner of the home, Pastor Morris Karema of JVC Church, told the Star on Friday police have no justification for shooting an unarmed man in their compound.

Karema, who was not at home during the incident, thanked God that no one of his family members was injured.

When journalists went to the home on Friday, they found blood at the scene.

Magarini police boss Gerald Barasa and DCIO Boaz Obeto told the Star on Thursday at the hospital that the matter is being probed. 

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