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Police kill seven in Nairobi

Wednesday February 18 2009

Residents glance at weapons recovered after five thugs were shot dead at Nairobi's Madaraka estate on on Wednesday. Photo/JAMES NJUGUNA

Residents glance at weapons recovered after five thugs were shot dead at Nairobi's Madaraka estate on on Wednesday. Photo/JAMES NJUGUNA 

By CASPER WAITHAKA

Police on Wednesday shot dead seven people in Nairobi even as Parliament discussed the issue of extrajudicial killings. Among the dead was a 55-year-old casual worker who was killed as the officers pursued the alleged gangsters.

Mr Patrick Nzuki Sesi, who was with another worker, had just been dropped at the site by their boss to clear some bushes. According to colleague Joseph Wambua, they heard gun shots at around 9.30am but they continued working. Minutes later, a speeding saloon car landed in a ditch near them.

“The occupants jumped out and started running. I managed to get into the ditch and raised my hands... They spared me but my colleague was shot,” said a shaken Mr Wambua.

Mr Sesi had not even earned his first month’s pay at the job. He had been helped to get the job this month by Mr Wambua. They both lived in Nairobi's Mathare Estate Number 10.

However, Lang’ata OCPD, Patrick Mang’oli said the five were on a mission to rob the NIC Bank in Upper Hill but after seeing the police, they aborted the plan and escaped. He denied that one of the dead people was innocent.

Two AK-47 rifles, 31 bullets, two branded bullet-proof vests of a security firm and five vehicle registration number plates were recovered from the suspects. The five bodies lay on the railway line between Strathmore University staff houses and Madaraka Estate flats.

Wielding a pistol

A resident who requested anonymity said one of the gangsters was a matatu driver who plied Lang’ata route 15. Meanwhile, two criminals were shot in Kitengela in an early morning incident after accosting two passengers on a motorbike.

Kajiado head of police Francis Sang said the victims had boarded a motorbike taxi at Kitengela Town to be taken to the estate but on reaching their destination were accosted by the two robbers one armed with a pistol.

Mr Sang said the passengers positively identified the suspects. One wore a green pair of trousers and a jacket which resembled a KWS uniform.  Police recovered a toy gun from one of the suspects who was identified as Maurice Mukira Njururi, 28.

Additional reporting by KNA