Sixteen-year old boy Isack Ernest, who was presumed dead after a cruel mob beating, woke up at Temeke Referral Hospital’s mortuary in Dar es Salaam yesterday.
The teenage boy was almost lynched by members of the public, who accused him of taking part in robbery incidents with his ‘Panya Road’ accomplices.
As the lucky Isack ‘resurrected’ at the mortuary, his 14-year counterpart, Kelvin Nyambocha, was beaten to death and his body set on fire over accusations of stealing from various people at the ‘Singeli’ music concert at Mbagala Zakhem Grounds in Dar es Salaam, over the weekend.
Temeke Regional Police Commander (RPC) Gilles Muroto told reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday that Isack and Kelvin were among group of youth who attended the ‘Singeli’ music show.
“The boy was presumed dead due to the heavy beating and loss of consciousness until he regained cognizant at the mortuary. We received information by phone that there were three lynched youth and when we arrived on the scene, we found them seriously injured and rushed them to Temeke Hospital for medical treatment,” he explained.
According to the RPC, after the concert closure, the group of youth started attacking and robbing people who were returning home from the concert of their properties. Members of the public reportedly organised themselves and arrested three boys whom they gave thorough beatings. He said Isack fainted after the beating, with doctors at Temeke Hospital declaring him dead and directing his body to be preserved at the mortuary.
But, when the body was placed in the refrigerator, he started breathing, resulting to his transfer to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for further medical care.
Mr Muroto said after the boy had recovered, the police interrogated him in connection with the incident and mentioned his 10 other accomplices in their crime group, ‘Panya road’. The names are withheld for investigation purposes.
Another boy who was also beaten at the event, identified as Faraji, remains in critical condition, undergoing medical treatment at Muhimbili National Hospital (MNH).