By Rawlings Otieno
Erick Otieno is a worried boy not only for losing his mother but also for being left with a three-month-old baby to take care of.
Otieno, a standard eight pupil at Growland Day School, wailed uncontrollably. Without his mother, Otieno can only see a bleak future.
His mother was the whole world to him. With her sudden demise, his dream of becoming a pilot in future is no more. Erick Otieno holds a portrait of his mother, Sara Wangusi, who was killed by stray police bullets in Dandora last Sunday. [Photo: Mbugua Kibera/Standard]
Erick Otieno holds a portrait of his mother, Sara Wangusi, who was killed by stray police bullets in Dandora last Sunday. [Photo: Mbugua Kibera/Standard]
"I was in the house washing utensils when I heard the gunshots. When I came out to see what was happening, I found my mother and the other woman lying on the floor. I canât believe she is gone...forever," Otieno wailed louder and tears flowed uncontrollably.
Otienoâs mother had been working with Kenya Bus Service for more than five years and she took care of all his needs.
"Why did the police have to take her away from me? Why didnât the government stop them from killing my mother?"
The families of Wangusi and the other woman, Oliver Kemunto, 32, are in anguish.
They say the loss of their beloved is like a flash of lightening.
Wangusi, 31, and Kemunto were washing clothes on the balcony on the fifth floor of the El-Nino flats when the police driving past the estate, were confronted by an angry mob demanding a suspect in their custody be handed over to them for lynching.