Police Constable accused of shooting a student leader yet to be bailed

Students of Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) jammed the Meru High Court precincts in solidarity with the case of their former student leader who was killed in cold blood last February.

The students led by their leaders from various universities camped at the court precincts as a police officer Leakey Maina was arraigned before a court to answer to charges of shooting Evans Njoroge who was the student organization Secretary General.

The students carrying placards said they want justice for their fallen colleague who was gunned down during one of the university’s protests.

We want justice for Njoroge and his killer is known. We want students’ security to be guaranteed. We shall continue coming to the courts until the whole process is finalized, said Wangila Wabomba, the Meru University Students Organisation Chairman.

The students want the accused to be denied a bail since they fear he may tamper with the evidence.

Constable Maina who has been in custody for three weeks denied the charges with his defense lawyer Charles Mwangi wanting his client released on bond.

The prayer to have him released on bond was heavily challenged by the prosecutor Patrick Mamati and Meru Judge Francis Gikonyo ordered that the defense lawyer tables his reasons on Friday stating why his client should be granted bail.

The students vowed to stand for each other saying an injury to one of them is an injury to all. Justice for Njoroge! We condemn police brutality! they chanted as they moved around the streets of Meru Town.

The prosecution lawyer Henry Kurauka said they were going to use all means available to ensure justice for the victim is granted.

Source: Kenya News Agency