A standard six pupil at Maziwani Primary school in Malindi, Kilifi County is nursing a gunshot injury at Malindi Sub County Hospital after police officers opened fire on protesting residents during in a botched eviction exercise.
According to reports, the chaos began after residents attacked the police officers who had accompanied an Asian businessman to evict the residents from the disputed property.
It was during this melee that the pupil was shot on the leg as he fled the officers.
Confirming the incident, Malindi Sub County Police Commander Joe Lekuta stated that the boy was hit by a stray bullet as the officers shot in the air to disperse the rowdy youths.
The police boss blamed the residents for the incident stating that the police were defending themselves after they were attacked by the rowdy youths.
Lekuta added that his officers have arrested two people following the incident.
The residents alleged that the businessman was using the police to harass them.
Mercy Wanjira, who is among the residents live in the disputed land, said that they have endured constant harassment and threats from the businessman for far too long.
She added that the businessman wanted to pay KSh200,000 per plot against their demand for Ksh 1 million per plot.
“The police ought to look out for the interests of the residents and not of the businessman. If he claims he is the owner of the land, let him produce the title deed then,” Wanjira told the media.