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Girl killed during Marakwet East tallying stopped my assassin’s bullet – Jebii Kilimo

Former Cabinet Minister Linah Kilimo has claimed that a bullet which ripped through a girl at a Marakwet East tallying centre targeted her.

Nancy Jepchumba, 15, was shot dead on Tuesday last week as residents wait for the declaration of poll results at Chesoi.

She had joined Kilimo and Kangogo Bowen’s supporters when police shot at a group of residents who attempted to access the CDF Hall.

“The girl’s killers were targeting me. The killing was planned by my political rivals,” Kilimo told journalists in Iten on Tuesday.

“It is
unfortunate that the girl was killed near my car. She took the bullet for me
because I was the target.”

The former Anti-FGM board chairperson claimed that Jepchumba was deliberately
shot at by the police officers.

“This was not a stray bullet as reported by the police
on Tuesday last week. I have information that security agencies had been instructed to assassinate me,” she said.

“Security
agencies in Marakwet East know much about the incident. As leaders, we want
justice for Jepchumba’s family.”

Kilimo lost to Kangogo Bowen of Jubilee by 913 votes. She said the girl was far away from the tallying centre when police fired the bullet.

“In fact, she was shot before the results of the election was declared. We need answers. Let the shooter be named.”

The calls were echoed by the girl’s family led by her mother Florence Kirop who said she will not fill the void left by her second-born daughter.

“It is
so painful that I lost a child who committed no crime. I am asking the state to
help us identity the killer so that we can accept the death of our
daughter.”

Jepchumba
uncle John Kaino said Marakwet East security
agencies failed to cooperate with the family during investigations into the
incident.

Area deputy county has Stephen Sangolo dismissed the claims saying Kilimo was not targeted.

He said bullets hit Kilimo’s car as police reservists dispersed crowds that milled around the vehicle.

“I am not aware of any assassination plot. Kilimo herself is in better a position to explain,” the administrator said.

He accused the politician of ferrying her supporters in three lorries to the tallying centre to cause chaos.

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