The Mashuuru police shootout incident victim, Elizabeth Ndunge, 29, is out of danger after surgeons removed a bullet lodged in her stomach.
Ndunge, while speaking from her hospital bed on phone after an incident on Sunday that almost took her life, said: “I am at least feeling better today, and even took porridge this morning”.
She was rushed to Makindu Sub-County hospital in Makueni after the incident, the same day, where surgeon Joseph Gatura assisted by the hospital’s Superintendent David Kasanga operated on her to remove a lodged bullet in her stomach.
Kasanga disclosed Ndunge had sustained permanent damages and a shattered kidney.
“She is lucky she was brought in when our surgeon, Dr. Gatura was on standby. By the time she was brought here her blood pressure (BP) was not readable,” explained Kasanga.
Gatura explained that he established a bullet that went through the victim’s left hand, thigh to the stomach where burst the duodenum before shattering the left kidney.
“The operation took exactly 3 hours, and although she will recover well. I am sorry she will have to contend with one kidney. We have passed the dangerous stage of dying,” said Kasanga.
Narrating what transpired on that fateful day, Ndunge explained she had left a watermelon farm near Mashuuru town on Sunday afternoon when they were stopped by 3 police officers manning a roadblock.
“One of the officers stopped the car we had loaded watermelons. The car’s brakes appeared weak and it took a while to stop. At the time the officers were engaging another vehicle that was ahead of us,” said Ndunge.
She said after a while, the driver of the vehicle she had hired ignored the officers arguing they were delaying him.
“After leaving the officers and drove off towards the Mashuuru/Emali/Loitokitok road, we noticed a private vehicle following us and beckoning us to stop using flashlights. The driver in the car I was in ignored and sped off,” Ndunge said.
She said the private vehicle trailed them up to the junction when three police officers jumped out of the car that was following them.
“As we took the Emali turnoff, the policemen ran ahead of us with guns as they attempted to get ahead of us through a shortcut. On realising the driver taking off ahead of them, one officer fired his gun,” said the woman.
Ndunge admitted that she did not know the police officer who shot at their car and added that he could have been attempting to shoot on the car’s front tyre to stop it.
“I started bleeding from the bullet wound that had hit my hand, leg, and stomach. A few kilometres ahead, we reached a police roadblock and we were stopped,” she said.
The victim said while they were at the roadblock, the three officers who were chasing them arrived.
An argument, she said, ensued between those who were pursuing them and those at the roadblock.
“They were asked why they shot at us for failing to stop. Meanwhile, another car that was also carrying watermelons arrived and took me to Makindu hospital,” she said.
Kajiado County Commissioner, Joshua Nkanatha, on Tuesday afternoon, told the Star the DCI is following the matter “seriously”.
A vehicle used by Ndunge and her driver was taken to Mashuuru under unclear circumstances it is currently under heavy security.
Attempts to reach out to Mashuuru OCPD, Abdi Ahmed, on his phone hit a hard rock after he disconnected after we introduced ourselves.
County Police Commander
Earlier on Monday police in Kajiado on Monday disclosed the woman shot in a car at a roadblock near Emali town on Sunday is a suspected melon thief.
At the same time, Kajiado County Police Commander Beatrice Gachago clarified the injured woman was in a car driven by another man who had since been arrested.
“A complainant in the name of Robert Muthiani from Oloosuyian Farm in Imaroro, called Mashuuru police station complaining about theft of watermelons in his farm,” said Gachago.
Gachago said Muthiani, who is a farm manager gave the police the description of the car used by two people who stole his watermelons.
Thereafter, Gachago said, a chase ensued as the said car went to the direction of Emali town, following the new Mashuuru/Emali road.
Several kilometres later, one of the officers giving a chase in a police vehicle, opened fire at the car ahead carrying the two passengers and watermelons.
The vehicle carrying watermelons sped and left a chase car behind. The car belonging to the suspects was later flagged down at a roadblock on the Emali/Loitokitok road.