Former Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi Sonko has announced a Ksh400,000 reward for officers who can bust a gang member who blinded a three year old boy in Kisii. Sonko also offered Ksh200,000 to members of the public who would help the gang, suggested the police leader.
“I am deeply saddened by this sad incident and that is why I am offering Ksh400,000 to the police officer who will bring down this notorious gang member,” Sonko said.
Taking to social media on Saturday, December 17, the former governor said he will protect the officers if the Independent Police Oversight Authority goes after them.
"I am still going to offer to stand with the officers who are going after and destroy the criminal gang."
A young boy from Ikuruma village in Marani Kisii district was left in severe pain after a group of men attacked him before he could even open his eyes. Unfortunately, according to the doctor, the child will be blind for the rest of his life.
Family members lamented that the young boy was missing for an hour before he was found in the cornfield. According to his grandmother, the young boy went with another boy to fetch water from a nearby spring, but was left behind after running away.
This prompted a search for the little boy, but he was found the next day by his brother who was cutting fire near the site.
The mother added, “We ran straight away and saw the boy was in pain and had tears in his eyes."
The family urged the district police to investigate the matter and arrest all those involved in the heinous act.
Meanwhile, Sonko's proposals and sentiments are likely to provoke a backlash from IPOA, which investigates extrajudicial cases involving the police. IPOA accused Chief Inspector Japheth Qum of ordering the police to surrender on Saturday, December 17.
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