, MIGORI, Kenya, May 27 – A student from Ulanda Girls Secondary School in Migori County was on Friday shot by a prison warder who was pursuing an escaped convict.
Several students suffered shock when their colleague was shot as several gunshots rent the air as warders tried to flash out the convict.
Migori Police Chief Gladys Rutere says the condition of the girl remains unknown after initial reports indicated she had died.
“The girl has been rushed to the local hospital and contrary to the reports of her death, let me wait for further information from the hospital,” she said.
During the Friday mid-morning incident, the form two student was participating in the ongoing South Nyanza high school regional games at Migori Boys Secondary School which is adjacent to the Migori GK Prison when she was hit by a stray bullet.
Rutere explained that a prisoner had jumped over the prison fence and sought refuge in the school and the warder who was on duty noticed him and gave chase.
“The warder pursued him as he started to mingle with the students before starting to shoot in the air. It is at this point that a stray bullet hit the girl,” she said.
Rutere says the prison officer had already recorded statement with the criminal investigations officers.
She noted that the convict was re-arrested and will be taken to court to be charged with attempted escape.
“Action will be taken against the officer for misuse of a firearm and definitely he will be arraigned in court,” she said.
The shooting comes barely four days after prison wardens shot and injured five demonstrators in Migori town during anti-IEBC demos organized by the Opposition.