Police in Kwale have arrested a Director of a security firm over alleged killing of a 16 year old school boy.
Ruwa Mwaruwa who is a class 7 pupil at Mlunguni Primary School in Kinango Sub County was allegedly shot in the head and killed with a stray bullet as he was seated outside their hut with his grandmother.
Police and the area Chief Said Mwakafani confirmed the incident which took place at Patanani village in Tsimba location on Friday.
Chief Mwakafani noted that by then the boy was helping his grandmother Ms Mkambe Lugogo to knit some ropes which were supposed to be used to tie their goats.
“Today ( Friday) being a public holiday, I had just decided to remain at home and have good time with my family only to receive a call from someone who informed me about the incident,” he said.
The incident caused tension with some locals threatening to take revenge against the director.
According to the locals, the director who is known to be licensed firearm holder has had the the tendency of try out his gun in training sessions even after being warned against the danger imposed to his neighbours.
However, Chief Mwakafani urged the angry villagers to remain calm as detectives from the Criminal Investigation Department launched their preliminary investigation.
“My appeal to locals is that they should remain calm but at the same time the officers who are investigation thing matter should ensure that just prevails,” he said.
The grandmother gave a narration of an ugly scene after seeing his grandson collapsing from his chair and dying right in front of her yet should not do anything.
As the family is calling for justice, Ms Lugogo said she was once a victim of the shooting spree as a bullet missed her narrowly while she was cultivating her farm.
“The moment my grandson was shot I knew it was Mr Matheka and together with other villagers we rushed to his house where directed his guards to denied us access,” she said.
The unfortunate incident cut shot New Year celebrations at the director’s home where he had gathered together with his family members in joy and merry making.
Five used bullet cartridges were found in his compound and upon interrogation by police officers and the Director of Samanje Guards Limited Mr James Matheka admitted having fired the bullets to hit a specified target but denied killing the boy.
Police confirmed that the suspect will be arraigned in Mombasa court on Wednesday over the killing.
The deceased boy was on vacation and was expected to return home in Kinango last Sunday.