Homa Bay teen tells of shooting during Homa Bay election demos

A teenager in Homa Bayis nursing a bullet wound allegedly inflicted by police during protests over presidential results.

Marvin Ochieng’, a form one student of Upper Hill High School, was shot in the left arm outside their home in Misita, Homa Bay Town constituency.

“I was shot by police outside the compound when I went to check why people were making noise after presidential results were announced,” Ochieng’ told journalists on Thursday.

He said he felt a sharp pain in his arm before noticing blood and realising he had been shot.

“The stinging pain in my left arm was followed by a profuse flow of blood.”

He said good Samaritans helped his parents to take him to Homa Bay County Teaching and Referral Hospital.

Ochieng’s mother Grace Akinyi, a vegetable vendor at the local market, claimed police officers stormed into people’s compounds.

“They shot indiscriminately in the dark before shooting my son,” she said and demanded justice.

“The officer who shot my son should be arrested and charged. It is unlawful to storm homes and shoot minors.”

The boy, 17, is being sponsored by the school as he is a talented footballer.

But county commissioner Kassim Farrah said he had not received any such report.

“Police have never used excessive force in quelling protests in any part of the county. We are not aware of anybody who was shot during the protests,” Farah said.

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