Wrong Place, Wrong Time

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

  on 29th Aug 2018

Wrong Place, Wrong Time

My son had a daughter and a new born baby girl.  He was the humblest person I ever saw. He was my only source of courage and motivation during my most difficult moments. He promised me a lot, his words still ring in my ear every night when I think of him. I raised a man. I raised a great man. 

-Victor’s mother

Victor Okoth, 22, was felled by a police bullet on 9 August 2018, next to the Moi Air Base, along Juja Road, as he was walking from work to his home in Mathare, an informal settlement in Nairobi. He was a casual labourer who worked in construction.

As Victor was passing next to the Moi Airbase, there was a crowd that had gathered to protest the elections results that had been just announced. As he walked towards the crowd, chaos erupted as the police started shooting in the air to disperse the crowd. The crowd scattered leaving Victor exposed to a gunshot that went straight through his head and exited at the back leaving a big exit wound.

Victor’s mother heard the deafening shot but did not think much about it, it is normal in her neighbourhood to hear sounds of gunshots. Little did she know that life was slowly ebbing out of her beloved son. She found out about his death when a neighbour told her that two young men had been shot just next to the Moi Air Base and one looked like her son.


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