A senior official at Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) is in police custody after he was arrested for allegedly shooting at a woman inside a club in Mombasa on the night of Saturday, May 23.
According to a report by The Standard, the unidentified official was in the company of the woman in the club, a contravention of the dusk-to-dawn curfew and the closure order for all entertainment joints.
Confirming the incident, Mombasa County Criminal Investigations Officer Anthony Muriithi disclosed that the police had launched investigations into the motive of the shooting.
“We understand the suspect is a KRA official and want to establish what exactly happened,” the investigations officer intimated to the publication while informing that his firearm had been confiscated.
The injured woman was taken to Jocham Hospital where she is undergoing treatment as police launch investigations into among other things the opening of the club during curfew hours.
The KRA official had been transferred from Western Kenya and posted to the KRA’s Customs and Border Control, Kilindini Shed 5 Station.
The shooting incident that took place at the Makupa area of Mombasa County, continued the spate of gender assault cases since the curfew was declared with more cases involving government officials and lawmakers brazenly defying Covid-19 containment measures.
In early April, Embakasi Central MP Benjamin Gathiru Mwangi was arrested with 18 others while drinking at a pub in Ruai.
Earlier, a magistrate and a Kenya Defence Forces colonel were arrested in a night crackdown by the police while partying the night away in a bar in Embakasi, Nairobi.
The two were nabbed alongside 28 others who were found flouting various directives at the time.