A Form Four candidate was on Saturday, November 23, evening killed by an angry mob led by Nyumba Kumi officials for allegedly stealing a mobile phone from a Sigalagala market businessman. According to The Standard, the deceased candidate’s mother, Beatrice Khalenya, argued her son’s killing was as a result of a mistaken identity and that he had never been accused of stealing before.
“They killed my son claiming he is a thief and that’s not true. He had just finished sitting his KCSE exams and we knew he was going to uplift the family in future, but that dream has been cut short. We are not happy with what the mob did to our son,” said distraught Khalenya.
Confirming the incident, Shinyalu sub-county police commander, Robert Makauon, said a businessman identified as Makau had alleged the student had stolen. The phone was then allegedly tracked and found in custody of the deceased student’s girlfriend.
Rodgers succumbed to injuries at Kakamega County Teaching and Referral Hospital where his body was also being preserved. Education stakeholders are still scratching their heads to establish what exactly led to the death of a candidate who was sitting his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams.
The deceased Fredrick Juma who was a student at Memba Mixed Secondary School in Rarieda had just completed writing a Biology practical exams when he fell ill on Friday.