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Update on officer who lost both arms in Tuesday protests after teargas explosion

Inspector Maina lost both forearms in the incident while his female colleague who was standing next to him sustained serious chest injuries in the incident.

Chief Inspector David Maina, the policeman who got injured while handling a tear gas canister  at the Nairobi West Hospital when he was visited by MP Babu Owino
  • The policeman who got injured while handling a tear gas canister
  •  Maina delayed in releasing the detonated canister, leading to the explosion that resulted in severe injuries.
  • According to Babu, the officer who is currently admitted at Nairobi West Hospital is recuperating.

Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino visited Chief Inspector David Maina at Nairobi West Hospital on Tuesday night, following a tragic incident where a teargas canister exploded, causing Maina to lose both forearms.

The explosion occurred as Maina attempted to disperse protesters outside Kencom, opposite International Life House.

During the incident, Maina delayed releasing the detonated canister, leading to the explosion that resulted in severe injuries.

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Maina's female colleague, Corporal Moraa, who was standing nearby, also sustained serious chest injuries.

Both officers were quickly rushed to Nairobi West Hospital for emergency treatment. Chief Inspector Maina underwent surgery and is currently recuperating.

In a statement, Babu Owino expressed his concern and support for the injured officers.

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"Yesterday evening, I visited Chief Inspector David Maina, the policeman who got injured while handling a tear gas canister, and Corporal Moraa at the Nairobi West Hospital to check on their recovery," he shared.

Owino commended the medical staff, saying they are handling the officer well.

"We are happy with the good work that the doctors and nurses of the Nairobi West Hospital are doing to ensure he recovers," said Owino.

The Embakasi East MP emphasised the importance of unity and understanding between the police and citizens during times of protest.

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"It is unfortunate that anyone should suffer injuries in the exercise of citizens’ democratic rights," Owino remarked.

He urged police officers to recognize the shared struggle for freedom, stating, "To our police brothers and sisters, these young people are fighting for you as well; do not accept to be used to stifle freedom in our beloved Kenya."

The Tuesday protests saw hundreds of young people including celebrities turn out in large numbers to protest the tax proposals in the Finance Bill 2024.

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