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Kenyan policeman shoots at matatu in Kisumu injuring three

Three people were injured after a policeman shot at matatu that defied a stop order at a roadblock in Kisumu Saturday.

The incident, which happened at the Kisian police check on the Kisumu-Busia road, infuriated locals who barricaded the busy highway in protest.

The matatu driver, Esbon Ochieng Okoth, who defied orders to stop at the police check point prompting the shooting, was rushed to Aga Khan Hospital with serious injuries on his left leg.

According to the conductor of the vehicle, Fredrick Ogola, the matatu was flagged down by the officer who opened fire on the vehicle even before the driver could slow down.

“Maybe he thought we were not going to stop which was a wrong assumption. Where could we have passed when they’d their spikes on the road?”

However, one of the passengers, Patrick Owino, contradicted the conductor’s position.

He told the Nation he overhead Mr Ogola tell the driver they were tired of parting with Sh50 bribe at the roadblock and were not going to comply.

“Before we came close to the road block, they agreed not to give them (police) Sh50 saying it was too much, since they had parted with Sh50 on their way to Kisumu,” he said

The matatu was headed to Usenge in Bondo.

The circumstances under which two pedestrians, on the opposite side of the road, were shot was not immediately clear, especially if the target was the driver.

Kisumu North district commissioner Edwin Chabari, who arrived at the scene minutes later, said investigations were underway.

“This is rather unusual. In fact, we have launched investigations to establish what exactly happened,” he said.

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