Victims narrate ordeal after shooting incident in Murang’a

By , K24 Digital
On Fri, 24 May, 2024 13:20 | 2 mins read
Felistas Wairimu, a victim of the Makenji shooting. PHOTO/Screengrab by K24 Digital/Mediamax Digital.
Felistas Wairimu, a victim of the Makenji shooting. PHOTO/Screengrab by K24 Digital/Mediamax Digital.

The victims of the shooting incident that occurred on Thursday, May 23, 2024, at Makenji village  in Murang’a County, have narrated their horrible experience in the hands of the police.

Police from Makenji Police Station are accused of shooting three people after they were suspected of stealing pineapples from the nearby Del Monte company.

Shooting fiasco

The fiasco saw three people sustain gunshot wounds, among them being Felistas Wairimu, a 38-year-old woman who was caught by a stray bullet while doing her home chores.

Other victims who survived the ordeal are John Ng’ang’a, a 16-year-old who was shot on the gluteal and another unidentified middle-aged man who was shot on his arm.

They are currently nursing their wounds at Thika Level Five Hospital.

Felistus who spoke to K24 Tv reporter from her hospital bed said the bullet caught her unawares while in the process of preparing breakfast at her home in Makenji village.

"Nilikuwa kwa mlango nikatoka nje, nikasikia ni kama ni kurushwa nimerushwa, nikafunga macho nikaona hapana. Ndio niliangalia, kuguza nyuma hivi nikaona ni damu. Nikaita mwingine aniangalie, mwenye alikuwa ameniletea mkate, na vile aliona akatoroka," she narrated.

She adds that she called her husband who upon arrival told her that she had been shot.

She then picked her child, and took herself to Thika Level Five hospital where she is currently recuperating from. She says she gave birth about five weeks ago.

"Vile huyo alitoroka nilipigia bwanangu ambaye alikuja akaniambia wewe ni kupigwa risasi umepigwa," she added.

Chaos erupted after villagers stormed Makenji Police Station seeking answers to the shooting incident that had happened of the suspected theft.

The residents engaged the police in running battles, forcing the enforcement officers to lobe teargas to disperse them.

Unending wrangles

Murang'a residents have over a long period of time been in unending wrangles with the Del Monte farm.

Some youths have died in the past on what locals blamed on murder orchestrated by Del Monte farm workers.

Kiambu governor Kimani Wamatangi has also blamed Del Monte on his wrangles with a section of lawmakers from the region.

Wamatangi who spoke at an event in Gatundu North constituency on Thursday, May 23, 2024, said trouble began when he took office.

He accused a section of Kiambu politicians of orchestrating a plot to acquire 100-acre land ceded by Del Monte after reportedly coercing former administration.

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