Families in Migori agonize over students who died in political demos


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Family of widow from Nyikendo village of Suna East Constituency in Migori County is among the many families in the county agonizing over losing loved ones to the bullet during the anti-government demonstrations.

Caroline Otieno is the mother of Reagan Otieno a 21 year old, whose dreams of joining university were cut short by a bullet allegedly from the police.

Mrs Otieno is only left with a grave in her compound to look on in memory of his promising Son. 

According to her, Reagan Otieno met his death through brutal police shooting during the Sabasaba demonstrations.

The opposition was protesting against the ever-rising costs of living in the country.

“When he passed his form four examinations I saw a beacon of hope in him, to liberate our family from poverty, but now the hope has been dashed and lies six feet.” She said.

Reagan Otieno was set to join University to pursue a course in Information Communication Technology (ICT) beginning next month after attaining B plain grade in the last year’s KCSE examinations. 

During his burial, political leaders including Migori County Governor Ochillo Ayacko called for the arrest of the suspects to face the law.

The leaders blamed the police for using excessive force during the demos as they asked the government to restrain them from doing so. 

At the neighbouring Suna West Constituency, another family of a bullet victim Stephen Okinyi was grieving over his untimely death.

According to family members, Okinyi who was a form three student at Rabuor Kogello Secondary School met his sudden death when he was at home to collect school fees. 

His Mother Leonida Aluoch said her son had walked out of their compound out of curiosity when he met his brutal death.

“He just stepped out to see what happening between the protesters and the police who were engaging in running battles. Little did he know that his death was around the corner. “She said

The public and religious bodies are now appealing to President William Ruto and the Opposition leader Raila Odinga to sort out the issues at hand amicably and save the country from anarchy.

The call comes after the opposition leader Raila Odinga gave a 30 days ultimatum to Kenya’s Kwanza government to go for dialogue with his Azimio la Umoja Movement or else they go back to the streets.

By Enock Okong’o

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