Knife-wielding university student shot after storming State House

Police officers manning State House Nairobi were on Monday forced to shoot at a 25-year-old man who attempted to access the premises brandishing a knife.

Kibet Bera, a fifth year mechanical engineering student at the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (Jkuat), was shot on his left shoulder and is receiving treatment at the Kenyatta National Hospital.

Kilimani Sub-County Police Commander, Mr Michael Muchiri said he attempted to scale State House Gate B at 4pm.

Mr Muchiri said the officers who challenged Kibet as he attempted entry did not shoot to kill him for he appeared mentally unfit.

“He was shot at, basically to immobilise him. The hands were the target but somehow he was shot in the shoulder. But he is in a good condition. He is admitted at the Kenyatta National Hospital and is out of danger,” Mr Muchiri told Nation by phone.

State House also confirmed the incident saying the student was booked at Kileleshwa Police Station before being taken to hospital.

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“We take this opportunity to remind the public that State House is a designated protected area under the Protected Areas Act. For that reason no person is allowed access to the premise without the permission of the prescribed authority,” Ms Kanze Dena-Mararo, the State House spokesperson said in a statement.

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“We don’t think that his state of mind was proper. That’s why there was a bit of restraint on the officers,” added Mr Muchiri.

The student had on Sunday made a series posts on his Facebook page, threatening that he would raid State House the next day.

“Tomorrow I attack Statehouse. God has sent me to execute judgement,” read his post.
Earlier, he had posted to say that he would not “allow myself to be captured”. He had also written that “those who fear death are not supposed to go with us into this war”.

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