Std 6 boy shot in the leg during protests in Malindi

A man walks past the Malindi police station. PHOTO: File

A class six pupil sustained a gunshot wound in the leg after he was allegedly shot by police during a protest over disputed land in Migingo area of Malindi.

The boy was shot in the leg on Wednesday evening as he was fleeing security personnel who were allegedly helping an Asian tycoon evict residents, most of whom have put up permanent structures on the disputed land.

Drama unfolded after an Indian tycoon claiming ownership of the parcel of land in dispute went to Migingo on Wednesday afternoon to survey part of the land he wanted to sell.

This prompted the locals to confront him demanding to see a title deed that proved he was the legal owner of the land, which he could not produce at the time.

Fracas ensued, and the police accompanying the tycoon were forced to call for reinforcement from Malindi police station.

When the police arrived, they started firing live bullets and teargas canisters to disperse the rowdy youth, this is when Mbaga Lewa, a standard six pupil from  Maziwani primary school was shot.

Lewa is said to have been coming from school when he came face to face with the chaos, as he was trying to flee, a bullet hit him on the left leg.

He was then carried by a good samaritan who rushed him to the Malindi sub-county hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

Malindi OCPD Joe Lekuta confirmed the incident saying the squatters invaded private property.

Already he said two people have been arrested over the matter and would be charged with invading private land.

Lekuta said the boy would be arrested if he gets better and be charged too.

Locals, however, claim the tycoon has been using police to harass them. They say they are living in fear as they may get arrested any time.