The National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga was accompanied by several opposition legislators on the morning Thursday, December 7, at the City Mortuary to mourn victims of police shooting.
In tow was Nasa lawyer and Siaya Senator James Orengo, Nairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris, her Homa Bay counterpart Gladys Wanga, MPs Millie Odhiambo (Mbita), Simba Arati (Dagoretti South) and Rarieda’s Otieno Amollo.
Among the dead is 7-year-old Geoffrey Mutinda who made national news after he was shot while playing at a balcony in Pipeline estate, Mary Atieno Oduor, Evans Owino Otieno and Kennedy Owino.
Addressing the mourners, Raila demanded that the families of the dead get compensated and the government issues an apology.
“To the victims’ families here with us, on behalf of all the leaders who have arrived here, we say sorry for your loss. All of us stand here with incomparable concern. They are all children, especially Geoffrey Mutinda. We want you (the families) to know that we stand with you. Anyone taking lives like this is an animal. No one from the government has condoled with the bereaved.The government must compensate the families of these victims. They must apologise to the families for the manner in which they died in the hands of police,” said Raila.
Apart from the coalition giving each of the bereaved families Ksh50,000 to cater for burial expenses, the leaders also settled the mortuary fees, bought caskets and also paid for the transport.
The government has been on the receiving end of civil society groups and the general public for killing innocent supporters of the opposition but police have denied the claims saying they do not use live bullets during protests.