A 35-year-old man died in kakamega after he was reportedly beaten by police officers who were enforcing the dusk to dawn curfew.
Ramadhan Juma, who was mentally ill succumbed to his injuries on Thursday morning at the Kakamega General Hospital. He was found by his kin having severe injuries allegedly from police beatings.
The family had reported him missing on 1st April and opted to launch a search party that led them to Kakamega General Hospital.
His mother, Zainab Abdalla has asked the Government to intervene and ensure that Justice is served.
David Kabene, the Kakamega Central OCPD has said investigation into the matter are ongoing. He poured cold water on claims that Juma was killed by the police.
He argued that since Juma was of ill mind, maybe he destroyed people’s property somewhere and was beaten up by those who didn’t know he was mentally ill. David Kabene asked for an autopsy to be conducted to establish if police officers indeed caused the death.
On 27th March 2020 Kenyan president Uhuru Kenyatta imposed a daily dusk to dawn curfew to help contain the spread of COVID-19. However, the law enforcers might have gone a little overboard in ensuring the citizens followed the directives.
One is left to wonder if the police officers are really protecting them or taking advantage of the situation to unleash fear and terror on the residents.
This comes barely a day after the president apologized for violence by the police following the enforcement of a nationwide curfew last week.
Tashar the journalist.