A Form One student at St. Mathias Secondary School in Busia town has passed away after he was allegedly shot by police during anti-government protests last week.
The police were dispersing rioting youths when they allegedly pulled the trigger, which caught the innocent student identified as Lewis.
The school deputy principal, Eliud Muhasi, said the student got shot as protesters engaged in running battles with the police at Marachi Estate on Thursday last week.
“We got reports that he was shot, but I can confirm that he didn’t report to school that day, and we don’t know what he was doing before he was shot,” the deputy principal said.
The student was rushed to the Busia County Referral Hospital before being transferred to Bungoma, where he was pronounced dead upon arrival.
“He had a gunshot injury on the chest, and we could not handle it here, so we referred him to Bungoma, where he was confirmed dead upon arrival,” Violet Omoto, a nurse at the Busia County Referral Hospital, said.
The incident led to the closure of the school and several others for the security of learners, teachers, and non-teaching staff.
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