A police officer who lost both arms during anti-Finance Bill protest on Tuesday is recuperating at the Nairobi West Hospital.

Inspector David Maina, speaking to Citizen TV in seemingly high spirits from his hospital bed on Thursday, recounted the horrific incident in Nairobi’s CBD.

Maina alongside his colleagues from the police service were on duty to ensure order during the ‘Occupy Parliament’ protests when, unexpectedly, he detonated a tear gas canister and delayed releasing it, leading to it exploding in his hands.

The father of three children who had been providing for his family police service will now be forced to change his life completely after he lost both forearms following the incident.

He regretted the incident saying it had forever turned his life around and it would be hard for the family, especially his children to come to terms with his new life.

“It was a sad day that this happened, as we were trying to ensure calmness in Nairobi. It has changed my life  a lot because there are many things that I wont be able to do and I also don’t know what I will tell my kids about this, they will be very shocked”.

Medics at the hospital say the injuries he sustained will be life-changing and that he may need prosthetic arms to enable him somewhat live a normal life.


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