Requiem mass for victims shot by police in Nandi held at Lessos

Leaders present at the requiem mass

Leaders from Rift Valley region have asked the national government to consider compensating victims of police brutality. This was communicated at the requiem mass for the three victims-Lazarus Tirop, Timothy Kipkogei and Cornelius Kipyego-who were shot dead by police officers at Ol’lessos last week. Some of the leaders present during the Thursday function were Nandi Governor Stephen Sang, Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, Bahati MP Ngunjiri Kimani, Soy MP Caleb Kositany, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi among others.

Nandi Governor Stephen Sang said sufficient help should reach the families of the victims adding that the government should cater for any expenses the families have at the moment with burials slated for Friday. Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika said there is a rot in the police service and faulted the Inspector General of Police for not adequately addressing it.

On his part, MP Kimani Ngujiri said the Deputy IG, during a security meeting last week at the area, ordered the transfer of police officers at Lessos police post but it isn’t sufficient, “It’s not enough to sack someone in compensation for a life lost, it’s not enough,” he said.

The families of the three victims have demanded for a speedy investigations and justice, saying transferring all the police officers is not enough. They will be laid to rest on Friday at their homes across Nandi Hills constituency.