A sombre mood hits you as you approach the ghost-quiet Kombewa village in Seme Sub-county, home to Titus Kwadha, a 25-year-old student who is the latest victim of police brutality in Kisumu.

The quiet atmosphere is occasionally disturbed by family members singing dirges and friends who visit the home to mourn with the Kwadhas.

Titus' father, 70-year-old Dominic Kwadha, and his mother, Grace Agolla, 63, are yet to come to terms with the death of the second-last born of their 10 children.

Titus was among four people who were shot dead by police in Kisumu. Another 20 were injured during the last protest, on the day of the repeat presidential election.

According Mr Kwadha, on that fateful day, Titus accompanied him and his mother to their family farm very early in the morning.

At 9.30 am, he said he was tired and asked his father if he could go back home and rest. He was asked to prepare breakfast when he got home but he never did.


That was the last time the deceased parents saw and talked to their son, a fourth-year Business Administration student at Maseno University. He had actually completed his studies and was awaiting his graduation slated for December 17, a day that will no longer be celebrated because the graduate is no more.

Titus Kwadha. The 25-year-old Maseno University student was shot dead by police on October 27, 2017, the repeat presidential poll day, at Kit Mikayi in Kisumu. His mother, Grace Agolla 63, and father, 70-year-old Dominic Kwadha, above. PHOTO | COURTESY | TONNY OMONDI

“I was relaxing at home when my sister-in-law came wailing, and immediately after breaking the unfortunate news to me, she fainted,” said Mr Kwadha.

He abandoned everything he was doing and quickly rushed to Kombewa, only to be told that his son had been shot about 300 metres away, at Kit Mikayi.

When he rushed to go and view the body of his son, police told him to keep off, even as protestors shouted that he was the boy’s father.

“A police woman even wanted to hit me with her baton. I tried to explain to them that I was his father but my plea fell on deaf ears. I never viewed my son,” said Mr Kwadha.

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