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REX MASAI: PROBE LAUNCHED AFTER FINANCE BILL PROTESTER WAS SHOT DEAD IN CBD

The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) has launched investigations into the fatal shooting of Rex Masai, a protester who was killed during anti-Finance Bill demonstrations. The incident occurred on June 20, along Moi Avenue in the Central Business District (CBD).

In a statement, IPOA confirmed that an investigative team began probing the shooting which involved a plain clothes police officer.

“The Authority calls for continued restraint by the Police and calls on members of the public to be peaceful and conduct themselves within confines of the law,” IPOA stated.

Rex Masai, 29, was shot in the thighs. The shooting was caught on camera, showing the officer aiming at the protester before firing.

The heavily-bleeding Masai was taken to a medical facility by fellow protesters but was declared dead upon arrival.

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Rex Masai

Rex Masai Taken to City Mortuary

Human Rights Activist Boniface Mwangi, who met with Masai’s mother, said, “I have met with Rex’s mum, and we are on our way to City Mortuary. Since it’s a homicide, the police have said the body has to be booked in a public mortuary.”

The IPOA has also been in contact with Masai’s family to support the investigation process. They noted that they have documented all serious injuries from the protests, including those sustained by police officers.

The use of live ammunition by police during the protests has drawn significant criticism.

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino stated, “Rest in peace Rex. This is so heartbreaking to lose a comrade in the hands of a police officer who’s supposed to protect Kenyans.”

The tragic incident has sparked outrage and calls for accountability. IPOA has launched a monitoring operation to observe police conduct during these protests. They also commended protesters for remaining peaceful and unarmed.

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The postmortem for Rex Masai is scheduled for next week.

By Vivian K.

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