Kilifi: Cop shoots boda boda rider transporting charcoal


Kilifi: Cop shoots boda boda rider transporting charcoal
Charcoal. FILE PHOTO.

In Summary

  • Juma Safari was on Tuesday night reportedly carrying three sacks of charcoal on his motorbike when police officer in a vehicle ordered him to stop at Magarini area before opening fire and shooting him.
  • Magarini OCPD Gerald Barasa, together with area DCI boss Boaz Obeto said investigations into the incident have commenced and the officer responsible will be held responsible.

By Abchun Abdi

An investigation has been launched into the shooting of a Kilifi resident by police for allegedly transporting charcoal.

Juma Safari was on Tuesday night reportedly carrying three sacks of charcoal on his motorbike when police officer in a vehicle ordered him to stop at Magarini area before opening fire and shooting him.

“I had surrendered after they stopped me but I was surprised to see one of them firing his gun,” he said. “I fell down after one of the bullets hit my shoulder.”

The 28-year-old was rushed to Marafa Health Center by police before he was moved to Malindi Sub County Hospital for specialised treatment.

Juma’s brother, Kitsao Charo, said Juma, who ekes out a living by transporting charcoal even though there is a ban on charcoal burning in the area.

Magarini OCPD Gerald Barasa, together with area DCI boss Boaz Obeto said investigations into the incident have commenced and the officer responsible will be held responsible.

“The law shall be taken against the officers if found culpable of committing an offence of shooting the victim on cold blood,” he said.

He, at the same time, added that they have intensified the war against charcoal burning in the area warning smugglers whom he says now use motorbikes to ferry their illicit cargo.

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