The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched invesigations into the fatal shooting of a 17-year-old boy by police officers in the Kiamaiko area in Huruma, Nairobi.
Haila Asanake was shot dead after a scuffle ensued between police officers drawn from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations in Pangani and civilians.
According to the authority, they have dispatched a Rapid Response Team to the area to obtain all relevant information – including from police officers – that
may be relevant in unveiling the circumstances surrounding the demise of Asanake.
“Preliminary information shows that the youngster was felled by a bullet discharged during an operation that police were conducting in the vicinity,” stated the authority.
“Where fault is found, the Authority shall not hesitate to make recommendations,
including but not limited to prosecution, to the relevant Authorities as dictated by
According to a police report, the officers were on mobile patrol when they encountered a suspicious motor vehicle Reg. No. KCW 777G.
The officers then stopped the vehicle and upon alighting from his car, a scuffle ensued which caused a commotion.
Members of the public then allegedly started to mobilise and throw stones at the officers prompting them to shoot into the air to scatter the masses.
“It is at this point that a stray bullet shot Asanake who was then rushed to Jumia Hospital and was pronounced dead on arrival,” read the police report.
A postmortem exam will be run at Kenyatta University Mortuary before the burial.