Gilgil residents want KDF shooting range relocated

Residents of Chokeria village in Gilgil now want the nearby Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) shooting range relocated, claiming it is a threat to their lives.

They say cases of stray bullets finding their ways to their homes were on the rise.

This comes three days after 25-year-old Kelvin Njenga was shot on the head by a stray bullet from the range and critically injured.

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According to Morendat MCA Peter Njoroge, residents were living in fear of such accidents. He said KDF was yet to take action.

Njenga was taken to hospital and will undergo an operation to remove the bullet. 

Earlier, Gilgil OCPD Emmanuel Opuru said investigation was being undertaken to reveal the circumstances under which Njenga was shot.

“The young man was hit by a bullet from the shooting range and the family has recorded a statement with us," said Mr Opuru.

Residents who were interviewed now say they live in fear, not knowing when another stray bullet will get one of them.

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“The number of people living around the shooting range has increased and its time this security facility was transferred elsewhere," said Jason Wahome, a resident.

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