Francis Karani, the victim of police shooting in Pangani's Mlango Kubwa. PHOTO | SCREENSHOTFrancis Karani, the victim of police shooting in Pangani's Mlango Kubwa. PHOTO | SCREENSHOT
By HILARY KIMUYU, @hilarykimuyu

A third-year student at Technical University of Kenya was on Saturday allegedly shot and killed by police in a case of mistaken identity in Pangani’s Mlango Kubwa area.

His colleague, who had accompanied him to buy a water container, escaped narrowly with injuries after a bullet also hit him.

Francis Karani died on the spot after they were both shot on their backs, according to his colleague,

Witnesses at the scene said the police were in hot pursuit of a gang of thieves who were running in front of the two students.

FRUSTRATED

Therasisus Karani, the father of the deceased, claims that his efforts to have the police investigate the killing of his son have been frustrated.

“It has taken me two days for them to give me an OB number and all I want is justice for my son,” said Karani.

Technical University of Kenya students have vowed to demonstrate on Wednesday and present a petition to Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet to protest the shooting.

They also want the government to take care of all hospital expenses incured by survivor and funeral expenses for the bereaved.