Maseno University student shot dead during anti-government protests

Kisumu protests

Kisumu residents light bonfires on Jomo Kenyatta Highway during anti-government protests on March 20, 2023. A third-year Maseno University student was shot dead during the protests.

Photo credit: Ondari Ogega| Nation Media Group

A third-year Maseno University student was on Monday evening shot and killed during Azimio la Umoja One Kenya anti-government protests.

William Mayange, who was shot in the neck after protesters invaded Maseno police line, was pronounced dead on arrival at Coptic Hospital.

Police said at least six officers were injured during the incident.  

Police said protestors, who included students, had invaded Maseno police line during the demonstrations, prompting the officers to use live bullets to disperse the rowdy youths.

The demonstrations saw the rowdy supporters of Azimio leader Raila Odinga engage the police in running battles, affecting normal operations and businesses.

A police report says the rowdy students vandalised at least 10 houses at Maseno Police line.

According to the report, the students had earlier invaded Sairam Supermarket in Maseno town and other business premises along Kisumu-Busia highway.

"The students lit bonfires and barricaded Kisumu-Busia road using stones..," the police report says.

"They (students) overpowered the officers who were manning the station. The officers had run out of teargas canisters," the report added.