– Mustapha Ismael was seated outside his house in Sare beach when they were approached by police officers
– The officers threatened to arrest them for being outside during curfew hours
– His wife rushed into the house as one of the officers pursued Mustapha who ran towards the lake
– He jumped into the waters and would not swim due to the heavy storms, he drowned and died
A fisherman in Sare beach, Homa Bay county, has jumped to his death in the waters of Lake Victoria while trying to escape a police officer who wanted to arrest him flouting curfew rules.
Mustapha Ismael, 35, Tanzanian national, drowned in the lake and died on Sartuday, May 9, after he was overwhelmed by the storms following heavy rains and increased water capacity in the lake.
According to the owner of a boat which the deceased had been operating, Julias Odhiambo, police officers stormed the deceased’s house at around 7:30Pm and found him seated outside with his wife and they threatened to arrest him.
On the other hand, the deceased’s wife rushed inside the house and locked herself in as the husband ran towards the lake shore.
One of the police officers pursued him and upon reaching the beach he jumped into the lake and drowned.
“The deceased was trying to escape the police who had threatened to arrest him for being out past 7:00Pm and because of fear, he ran towards the beach, jumped into lake and died,” Odhiambo said.
Confirming the incident , Sare beach chairman William Onditi said the body of the deceased had been found and taken to Suba sub-county hospital awaiting postmortem.
On his side, Suba South police commander Anthony Njeru said they had launched investigations into the incident.