By Henix Obuchunju

Carilton David Maina’s family in Kibera will celebrate Christmas this year in tears after the sudden loss of their son.

Maina was reportedly shot five times by police on 22 Sunday Morning 2018, at around 2 even  after surrendering a case local residents believe is another extra judicial killing incident that shouldn’t go unpunished.

Kilimani police boss Michael Muchiri has however rubbished the claims saying Carilton was part of a gang in Kibera’s Laini Saba area terrorizing residents.  It was calls from the residents alerting of muggers that made the police move swiftly and later recovered a homemade gun after the operation, says Muchiri.

As plans for his burial are underway, some of the residents are  organizing for  a peaceful demonstration  to seek justice for the family.

“Our young star killed illegally all in the name of he was a thug when we all know the boy had no reason to be one. Lets fight for justice so this can stop
#justice for Maish” said Kevyn Moree, on facebook.

Maina, a Maseno school Alumni is a said to have come home for holidays from England’s Leeds University. He was supposed to have gone back in January where he was pursuing a course in Engineering (according to academic documents seen by this reporter

Concerns have been in the past raised by stakeholders over the rising cases of extrajudicial killings in informal settlements.

A recent report released  by Social Justice Centre and Police Reform Working Group reveal that police have killed 24 people in the past three weeks in Dandora, Kayole, Mathare and Majengo.

The groups have called on the government to form a commission of inquiry to probe the cases of extrajudicial killings in the city and other parts of the country

But the big question many are now asking is how a student of such caliber will turn to be a robber considering his intellectual capacity. Is it another mistaken identity case?  Time will tell.

By Henix

Multimedia journalist

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