A Form 3 student is nursing injuries after he was shot by anti-riot police during Azimio demonstration in Homa Bay town on Thursday.
The student was caught in a standoff between demonstrators and police in the Shauri Yako estate within the town
“I was hit when some police officers repulsed protesters who were throwing stones at them. The bullet hit the right side of my head,” the boy said.
The learner at Oriwo Boys High School in Rachuonyo North subcounty said he had been sent home for fees. He hails from Koduogo village in Homa Bay Town.
Police shot rubber bullets to disperse protesters who were throwing stones at them while blocking the Homa Bay-Rongo and Homa Bay-Kendu Bay road where one went astray hitting him on the head.
Knocked unconscious, the 17-year-old student was rushed to Homa Bay County Teaching and Referral Hospital for medication by bodaboda raiders.
According to doctors at the hospital, the boy is in stable condition after he was stitched up and may be released after 24 hours.
Peter Ogolla Hospital chief executive officer said the student was shot using a rubber bullet.
“The bullet caught the right side of the head. We’ve stitched the boy and we’re monitoring him before he is discharged,” Ogolla said.
“We appreciate a group of youths and bodaboda riders who picked the boy up and rushed him to the hospital for medical attention.”