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Unmasking the Kisumu killer

By Zawadi Mohamed

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Ambrose Odero Owino is the man who went nuts about a week ago in Kisumu. He snatched a gun from a traffic police officer on duty and opened fire indiscriminately killing two people on the spot and injuring a police officer and several other people.

The 25-year was subdued in the Friday March 12 morning incident and lynched by an angry mob that descended on him with stones and other crude projectiles.

Since the incident, his body lay in the morgue unidentified until Wednesday March 17.

His family positively identified his body at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu after detectives seeking to find out his identity published an appeal to members of the public.

Ambrose was born in 1996 to Joseph Owino Omollo and Catherine Akoth Omondi, who later separated.

He schooled at Awelo Primary school. According to his family and childhood relations, Ambrose was a bright student who attended St Patricks Segere High School and scored an aggregate Grade of B- emerging the seventh best candidate in the school.

Soon after completing his secondary school studies, he received a letter of admission to join Maseno University, but the family could not raise the required school fees to secure his admission. Given the predicament, Mr. Ambrose left Siaya for Kisumu in search of greener pastures. It is at this point that his aunt secured him employment at Foam Mattresses Ltd in Kisumu.

For him to secure employment, he needed to have an identity card and detectives Thursday discovered that he had allegedly scanned an identity card belonging to one Fredrick Oduor Odera and replaced Odera’s names with his.

He further superimposed his image on Odera’s, made a copy, and presented it to his prospective employer. That is how he secured a position at Foam Mattresses Ltd where he worked until his dismissal.

According to detectives, his employment was short-lived since towards the end of 2019, every employee was asked to produce their original identity cards, in an exercise that was spearheaded by the National Employment Authority.

Knowing very well that he did not have an identity card, Odero absconded duty leading to his dismissal.

His dismissal letter is dated February, 2, 2020 and was signed by Dennis Ambeva Ludenyo, Jokali’s operations manager.

Even with his identity now in the public domain, investigations are still ongoing to establish Ambrose’s whereabouts since February last year when he lost his job until the day he staged the Kisumu shooting incident.

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