Angry residents of Nametsi village, Bukalasi sub-county in Bududa District last week attacked and destroyed Bukalasi Police Pos after a crime preventer allegedly shot dead a 16-year-old boy identified as Daniel Wanzama.
The father of the deceased, Mr Micheal Wanga, narrated to Daily Monitor that the incident happened last Thursday as he worked in the garden.
He said he heard noise coming from the direction where the children were playing, only to receive the bad news upon reaching the scene.
Eye witness accounts revealed that the boy and his colleagues were playing football in the compound of Nametsi Primary School when their ball accidentally hit a building housing the police post.
Mr Sam Wauyo, a local council leader, said: “When the boy ran to get the ball, the crime preventer reached for his gun and shot at him through the eyes, killing him instantly.”
The crime preventer later handed himself in to police. At the crime scene, Mr Wauyo told police officers that crime preventers in the area wear police uniforms and even execute arrests.
The Elgon region police commander, Mr Jacob Opolot, while delivering a condolence message to the bereaved family and residents at the weekend, said it was a grave mistake that would act as a big lesson to police.
“We are very sorry for what happened,” said Mr Opolot. He explained that crime preventers were only recruited to help with intelligence gathering and are not supposed to carry arms and put on police uniforms.
He said a crime preventer and one police officer have been arrested and will be charged accordingly. Police met all the burial expenses.