Residents of Mathare slums have engaged police in running battles in what was triggered by the shooting of one of them, a homeless man who was shot dead in the early hours of 1st June 2020 night, Madaraka night.
The homeless man whom residents of the Mathare slums accuse the police of shooting dead for having been outside during curfew hours has only been identifed as Vaite.
Vaite who has lost his life in one of the most controversial manners is said to be a loader at the Marikiti market despite his elderly age and sleeps on the pavements of the Mathare slums.
Vaite, according to Mathare residents was shot dead by a rogue police officer who overlooked the elderly age that made him defenseless in Mathare for being out during curfew hours yet as a homeless person, Vaite had nowhere to go for shelter, the streets are the only home he knows.
Vaite was shot in Mathare, Bondeni area with the residents bearing witness that they knew him to be a hardworking honest who worked his back off despite his age.
Vaite’s murder comes a few days after another man in Meru accused police of being brutal and inhuman after they forced him to disembark from a bus with his late wife’s body in a casket only to dump him in the middle of the night with the body in the casket where he was rained on the whole night.
Residents of Mathare have come out to protest the painful ordeal and the extra-judicial killing of one of their own with leaders such as Boniface Mwangi calling out for justice.
Kenya Police have shot dead a homeless man in Mathare, Bondeni area. He works as a loader in Marikiti but sleeps in the streets, residents call him Vaite. About 300 people have defied the curfew and are protesting the extrajudicial killing. @FredMatiangi @NPSOfficial_KE @IPOA_KE pic.twitter.com/Qr3ADVM4i4
— Boniface Mwangi (@bonifacemwangi) June 1, 2020