- The student was riding his uncle’s motorcycle when he was hit from behind.
- Unconfirmed reports said the two officers were slightly injured during the incident.
- Relatives described Kenneth as a bright student who always did well in school.
A family in Kirinyaga is crying for justice after their son, secondary school student, was crushed to death by a police vehicle along the Sagana-Makutano road.
Kenneth Mwaura, 17, a Form Two student at Njegas Boys Secondary School, was on his way to Sagana town from Riandira when he was hit by the vehicle and died instantly.
He was on his midterm break when the tragedy struck.
According to witnesses, the student was riding his uncle’s motorcycle when he was hit from behind by the vehicle which was heading towards Nyeri from Makutano.
The Monday incident triggered protests from family members who stormed Sagana Police Station demanding the arrest and prosecution of the driver of the GK car which was reportedly carrying two senior police officers from Nyeri.
Unconfirmed reports said the two officers were slightly injured during the incident which caused a major traffic jam on the usually busy road.
Immediately after the crash, police collected the student’s body and took it to Murang'a Hospital mortuary, a move that raised suspicions from relatives.
The family said they expected the police to take the body to Karatina Hospital mortuary which is nearer to the scene of the crash.
"The police hurriedly collected the body of Mwaura and took it to the mortuary where it was booked as that of an unknown person. We suspect there was an intention to cover up the incident,” said the boy's grandfather, Mr Mwaura Chege.
Mr Chege explained that he had sent the victim to Sagana to withdraw money for buying school uniform when he was run over by the car and died on the spot.
"I was at home when another student came running and informed me that my grandson was lying dead following a road accident. It was then that I informed other family members and we rushed to the scene and found his body had been removed and we proceeded to the police station," said Mr Chege.
Mr Chege claimed that on arrival at the police station, a police officer hurled insults at them, telling them to go away.
"We were chased away when we sought to know where they had taken the body of the student," said Mr Chege.