- The governor in a statement said the officer shot the literature student without any lawful cause.
- Nyong'o said the student was murdered in cold blood as he and his colleagues were demonstrating at Maseno centre over the high cost of living.
Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o has demanded the arrest and prosecution of the culprit who shot dead a third-year Maseno University Student.
The student was shot in the neck during the Azimio la Umoja demos in Maseno on Monday.
The governor in a statement said the officer shot the literature student without any lawful cause.
Nyong'o said the student was murdered in cold blood as he and his colleagues were demonstrating at Maseno centre over the high cost of living.
"It is unfortunate that instead of using tear gas or rubber bullets, the police chose to fire live ammunition at the students," he said.
He said the police should exhibit professionalism and restraint while quelling riots instead of using brutality on unarmed protestors.
"As we send condolence messages to the family of the slain student and the Maseno University fraternity, we demand that the police officer who fired the killer bullet be arrested and prosecuted as soon as possible," he said.
According to a police report, during the protests, they invaded the Sairam supermarket, in Maseno town and other business premises along Kisumu-Busia road.
The report further indicated that they went ahead and lit bonfires and barricaded stones along the road.
"After some time, the students started pelting stones at the police line where they damaged window panes in ten houses and the police station", it read.
It indicated that the protestors overpowered the officers who were manning the station after the officers ran out of teargas canisters and blanks.
The report stated that six police officers were injured during the skirmishes.
"This prompted the officers who had been sent out to quell the intruders to fire live bullets. Consequently, the 3rd year student was hit on the neck", the police report read.
He was rushed to Coptic Hospital where was pronounced dead on arrival.