Father cries for justice as baby clobbered during Kisumu riots dies

August 15, 2017 9:30 pm
Samantha’s father, Joseph Abanja, is consoled by Kisumu Governor-elect Anyang’ Nyong’o/CFM NEWS

, KISUMU, Kenya, Aug 15 – The father of a six-month-old old baby who has died after suffering injuries during protests in Kisumu following declaration of the presidential poll result is demanding justice.

Samantha Pendo died at Kisumu’s Aga Khan Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit where she had been admitted for treatment.

Baby Samantha was allegedly clobbered while in the arms of her mother in Nyalenda slum by police officers who were suppressing riots.

The baby suffered a fracture on the head, according to the hospital.

The father, Joseph Abanja, says it was at night and he was in his house when the officers forced themselves into the house after throwing teargas inside.

Abanja says he feels pained at the turn of events, and wondered why the officers had to go to that extent.

He says that he voted and followed the directive of the government and retreated back to his house to wait for the results.

Abanja says the government should bar its officers from storming houses and deal with rioters on the streets.


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