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What forgiveness? City pastor vows to get justice for injured eye

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Pastor Joseph Maina.

An afternoon sermon in the city changed his life for worse and he is now worried that he might never recover his full sight.

This is the fate that has befallen Pastor Joseph Maina.

Speaking to The Nairobian, the pastor who preaches along Tom Mboya Street, says he is now partially blind after a cop, whom he personally knows, shot him while they (police) were chasing hawkers from the CBD.

“April 10 was the worst day of my life. I was preaching around Koja Mosque when I saw hawkers suddenly scattering as they ran from county askaris and police who were chasing them off the streets. Amid the confusion, I fell down and I felt a sharp pain,” he says. He adds that, “I became unconscious and woke up in a hospital bed.”

 The senior pastor at Grace Tabernacle Ministries said that after regaining his senses, the doctors informed him that he was shot in the shoulder and that he had suffered serious injuries in his left eye.

“I was hospitalised for one week. God saved me so that I can reveal the injustices committed by some of our policemen. The doctors told me it will take time before I regain my sight since the injuries were too severe,” he said.

The pastor claims he has now spent more than Sh200,000 on treatment. He  told The Nairobian that he reported the matter to the police and is still waiting for compensation or the said cop to be arrested.

 “ I have been in and out of hospitals and so far, I have spent more than Sh200,000.  I am yet to recover fully. Though I will never forgive the officer who shot me, I just want to be given a chance to identify him and ensure he gets punished. All I want is justice,” he said.


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