A local secular artiste narrowly escaped death on Saturday night after irate members of the public mistook him for a thief.
Boniface Mwangi alias Mtoto wa Eunice, who also goes by the stage name SWAT fled into a residential plot in Umoja II together with his friend, seeking refuge from police who were on an evening patrol. Alarmed residents mistook them for thieves and began raining kicks and blows on SWAT and his friend, and even threatened to lynch them at some point.
Police however appeared in the nick of time to save the two from the wrath of the charged mob.
Ethic Entertainment manager John Mbugua has confirmed that their group member SWAT aka Mtoto wa Eunice, is home now but seriously injured after being subjected to mob justice on Saturday night.
According to Mbugua, the police were conducting patrols in Umoja and when SWAT – real name Boniface Mwangi – saw them he ran into a residential plot.
They were later set free. The group is popularly known for their hit songs Position and Lamba Lolo.
Security in Umoja area has been beefed up following sustained efforts by Embakasi West MP Hon George Theuri. Cases of mugging and housebreaking have considerably gone down.