Two dead and scores injured in Thika chaos
Youths engaged cops in running battles
Two people died and scores of others were injured when violence broke out at a function attended by Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and his Murang’a counterpart Mwangi Wairia.
John Mwangi, a teacher from Embu, was shot dead by police officers who were struggling to restore sanity, while the second unidentified man was stoned to death by a mob after word spread that he was robbing people.
The Sunday event at Thika Stadium was organised by Kikuyu gospel musician Muigai Njoroge to launch his latest DVD ‘Wakwa Wa Muico’ (My last one).
A police source said Mwangi was hit by a stray bullet when the officers were dispersing rowdy youths. “The other people were hardcore thugs. Despite lobbing teargas at them they didn’t leave, but went on robbing locals,” the officer said.
Mayhem broke out when Kabogo left the pitch with other dignitaries who had attended the event and some youths went rowdy, claiming that the governor had left without giving them “tips”. “We are used to getting tips from him whenever we attend his meetings. Why has he left without even talking to us?” a young man shouted.
The raucous youths started beating up and robbing people who had attended the event, forcing police officers to lob teargas canisters at them and shoot in the air to disperse them. The youths engaged the police in running battles for more than an hour and disrupted transport on Stadium Road and Kenyatta Highway.
Residents told the Star the youth are thugs from the Kiandutu slums. Some claimed, however, that rival politicians used the youth to cause chaos.
Earlier, Kabogo alleged that some people had hired the youth to rob people and disrupt the event.