Students to demonstrate over colleague lynched in Kisauni

A man in Nairobi abducted his three-year-old son from his ex-wife's house and killed him before hanging himself./COURTESY

Mombasa, KENYA: The lynching of fourth-year University of Nairobi law student by a suspected mob gang in Kisauni sub-county on Sunday has sent shockwaves around institution with students now calling for demonstrations on Friday to demand the arrest of those behind the gruesome murder.

The student 26-year-old Samuel Odemba who was a fourth-year law student at the University of Nairobi (Mombasa branch) together with his cousin Kennedy Onyango were attacked before their bodies were set ablaze after a boda-boda rider mistakenly branded them as thieves.

According to the student’s council chairperson Amos Kimanzi, Odemba and his cousin had gone to watch an EPL match at a nearby shopping center in Mtopanga when the tragic incident happened.

“Odemba was one of us and it hurts so much to see a very young promising student being killed under unclear circumstances. We are demanding for justice not only for our comrade but to those young innocent souls that have lost lives”, Kimanzi said.

Bernard Omondi , Odemba’s brother said that he received a call on Sunday night that his brother and cousin were being attacked.

Omondi added that his deceased brother and cousin mistook a motorbike that was not theirs when residents mistook them for thieves and descended on them in a petrol station in Mtopanga Kisauni Subcounty.

After the lynching, the boda-boda riders could not account for one of the motorbikes which belonged to the deceased.

He immediately informed the police who arrived at the scene 10 minutes later, unfortunately, they could not salvage the young men as they already succumbed to their injuries.

“The entire university leadership in Mombasa will stage demos tomorrow to the county commissioner offices Mr. Evans Achoki’s to demand why the government has remained silent on the strange killings of young innocent men in Mombasa,”Kimanzi said.

Mombasa Police county commander has said investigations have been launched to pursue those behind the lynching.