A Standard 8 was reportedly shot on the leg during a police crackdown on illegal alcohol in Shinyalu, Kakamega County on Tuesday ,June 13
The student, who was on his way to school, got caught in the midst of a confrontation between the police and residents of Lukose and Shihuli villages.
The injured student was subsequently taken to Kakamega County Referral Hospital.
Assistant Chief Mildred Gwekinza of Shing’odo also sustained serious injuries during the altercation.
Initially, the residents resisted the police operation but were eventually overwhelmed.
According to Peter Shitungu, a resident, the police officers, who were searching their homes, resorted to damaging property after failing to find any illicit alcohol in some houses.
“We are angry at the officers because they shuttered our windows, destroyed commodities in the house, and beat up innocent people after failing to find illicit brews,” said Shitungu.
Kakamega East Deputy County Commissioner Emmah Kibara stated that a joint team of police officers and local chiefs conducted a raid on the villages known for producing and selling illicit alcohol, specifically chang’aa.
According to the DCC, two individuals were apprehended during the operation and will face legal charges in court.
Kibara noted that incident of a standard 8 student being shot by the police had not been reported.