A man suspected of having coronavirus in South- Eastern Kenya was beaten to death by a group of youths armed with stones. The deceased named locally as George Kotini Hezron was going home after visiting a bar when he was attacked on Wednesday.
Residents suspected him of having the virus and decided to set upon him as he walked home at around 9pm, according to local media. The vigilante mob argued with Hezron and accused him of having the deadly disease and threw stones at him before fleeing.
Hezron was rushed to the Hospital where he died of his injuries. The county police commander Joseph Nthenge said it was not known if the victim had the virus and warned against falsely accusing people of being infected.
He told Kenyan newspaper “Someone reported that the attackers saw the man staggering. They approached him and started an argument and beat him up. Kotini met a group of youths and an argument ensued as the youths took advantage of his drunkenness and started accusing him of suffering from coronavirus.”
No arrests had been made so far and investigations were still under way, police added.