Emotions high as 3 people shot by GSU in Masimba are laid to rest

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Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka at the requiem mass for 3 people shot by police officers in Masimba. (Photo - Courtesy)

Emotions ran high as 3 out of the 4 people shot and killed by GSU officers last week while protesting wildlife attacks in Masimba, Kajiado were laid to rest.

Leaders who attended the requiem mass at Methodist Church castigated the killings and called for immediate action to be taken against the officers who shot the 4.

Speaking during the requiem mass, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka condemned the killings calling on IPOA to act swiftly.

“Killing a person like an animal is so wrong. Life is sacred and not good for officers to fire live bullets on people, the right to life is enshrined in our constitution,” said Kalonzo.

He called upon the police to find a way of ending the hostility between civilians and themselves noting that is the only way to create a good relationship between the two and stop cases of pandemonium being witnessed.

“We are being told about the Government here, the Government has not helped us, it has killed our people. That is the truth. We cannot entertain cheap politics and say the Government has helped us. It has not.” Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku said.

The families blamed KWS for failing to shield them from the wildlife conflict which they say has been the root of all their problems. Activists and families called for the arrest of the perpetrators.

“The issue of police brutality has been talked about every now and then. For how long shall this go on. Our people are being killed as we continue talking. Action must be taken now!” One of the activists at the requiem mass said.

IPOA commissioner present thanked locals for volunteering information and said that investigations were at an advanced stage and urged police to protect the lives and properties of people.

The incident happened on 2nd June as the locals demonstrated decrying increased human-wildlife conflict after the death of a teacher killed by an elephant.

Other leaders present included ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna, Environment CS Keriako Tobiko, Peris Tobiko among others.

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