Ipoa confirms police car hit, killed Kabarak University student
The Independent Policing Oversight Authority (Ipoa) on Tuesday confirmed that it was a police motor vehicle that hit and killed a Kabarak University student on Saturday along Nakuru-Ravine road.
Ipoa chairperson Ann Makori, while giving an update on the investigations into the death of Joshua Limo Arekou, said preliminary investigations revealed that the Rapid Response Team of Nakuru investigators have identified witnesses who corroborated their findings.
“Having visited the scene of the incident, the team identified witnesses whose accounts we deem to be critical in ensuring that at the end of investigations, justice is served,” she said in a statement.
Makori said the authority will attend a postmortem examination scheduled for Tuesday, November 21.
“We have contacted the bereaved family and again, extend condolences to the university fraternity, his friends and all other aggrieved persons,” she added.
According to Makori, these are some of the initial steps of the many investigatory processes at the disposal of the Authority concerning the case.
The authority said it invoked Section 7(1) (a) (x) of the IPOA Act after netizens publicised the accident on social media.
“Upon learning of the death of Mr Joshua Limo Arekou – following a road crash at Kabarak, Nakuru – Ravine Road, on Saturday, November 18, 2023, and widely publicised in social media platforms, the Authority invoked Section 7(1) (a) (x) of IPOA Act,” read the statement.
She urged those affected to remain calm and said the IPOA was committed to fair, impartial and independent investigations.
According to witnesses, the driver of the vehicle bearing government registration plates lost control after missing a bump before hitting the student.
The student was rushed to the school’s sanatorium where he was pronounced dead a few minutes after arrival.
On Sunday, students at the institution took to the streets to protest the death of the first-year pharmacy student.
While calling for calm, the university’s vice chancellor, Henry Kiplagat, said in a statement that the institution’s management was in touch with the deceased’s family.
They also welcomed dialogue with the student’s faculty and staff to ensure peace and safety for all students.
“The unfortunate incident occurred at around 9pm on November 18. Eyewitnesses accounts affirm that Joshua was struck by a police vehicle,” the Vice chancellor stated.
Kabarak University Students Organisation (KUSO) student leadership expressed their deepest condolences to the family on behalf of the students, adding that they would not allow the matter to be swept under the carpet.