Police officers in Bureti, Kericho County have expressed their regrets and apologized to the family of clinical officer Hillary Kirui who was shot on Wednesday 20, May while he was returning home from his shift past the curfew hours.
Bureti OCPD Felician Nafula claimed that Kirui who works at Tenwek Mission Hospital’s Medic was shot by a “stray bullet” while police officers tried to disperse a crowd that had converged at Cherbogei Centre past the curfew hours.
The OCPD claimed that one of the police officers tried to disperse the crowd by shooting in the air but a stray bullet hit Kirui on the thigh of his right leg.
“We are not going to leave any stone unturned. We are going to do what is necessary against the officers who it that. We are sorry for what happened and we are asking for forgiveness to what happened,” the area OCPD apologized.
Angry Kirui’s colleagues, however refused to buy the police’s story and insisted that the police officer who shot Kirui be brought to book.
“Our colleague is being treated with an operation to repair the fractured side around his femur and soon he will come out the theatre and of course he is in deep pain and for that reason we are not happy,” Secretary-General, KUCO Tenwek stated.
The family of Kirui also refused to buy the police’s narrative stressing out that their relative is an essential worker.
Her sister Sharon Cheptoo pointed out that her brother was not going against the curfew which has been imposed by the government in a bid to curb the spread of the Coronavirus.
Her sister revealed that they rushed him to the Litein Mission Hospital after they found him crying in pain. He was later transferred to Tenwek Mission Hospital for further treatment. It is said the bullet exited on the front leaving a painful wound.